Bentley launches Continental GT V8
David Ross, New Car Editor
Mon, 09 Jan 2012
Bentley has launched the Continental GT V8 - the most efficient model in the Bentley range. Available in the GT coupe and the GTC convertible, the new twin-turbocharged V8 engine develops 500bhp and an impressive 660Nm of torque. It might be the entry-level model but it's still not exactly cheap with prices starting at £123,850.
Still, it does deliver the kind of performance you'd expect from the famous brand with 0-60mph taking just 4.6 seconds (4.8 seconds on the GTC) and a top speed of 188mph. It's helped by a new close-ratio eight-speed automatic gearbox that also aids fuel economy and emissions.
The new engine is 40 per cent more fuel efficient than the existing 6.0-litre W12 engine and according to official figures it can average 26.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 246g/km. Low figures for a car with this much power and performance. The GTC is slightly less efficient with an claimed average of 25.9mpg. It still means that both models are capable of covering more than 500 miles on a single tank of fuel.
To make them stand out, both new V8 models come with a black gloss matrix grille with a chrome surround, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge and a black three-segment lower front bumper. At the back there are unique chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge.
They also get 20-inch alloy wheels as standard with an optional 21‑inch six-spoke design available in Diamond Black (exclusive to the Continental V8) or Diamond Silver finishes. Inside the cabin, an Eliade cloth headlining, new contemporary Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneers, optional two-tone leather colour split and short centre console continue the sporty design theme.
The new V8 models feature a state-of-the-art, all-wheel drive system employing an advanced Torsen differential and a 40:60 rear biased power split. This ensures safe yet dynamic sports car handling in all road conditions.