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This remarkable, new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power of 500 hp at
6000 rev/min and an extraordinary peak torque of 487 lb-ft (660 Nm) which is
available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rev/min,
providing exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley
tradition. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this
translates into a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds for the GT coupe and a top
speed of 188 mph (303 km/h).
At the same time, the new V8 Continental models achieve outstanding levels of
fuel efficiency and CO2emissions for the luxury performance sector and are
capable of travelling over 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank of fuel.
The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfils Bentley's environmental
commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement
in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
The new V8 engine features variable displacement with a highly sophisticated
engine management system, ensuring a seamless and imperceptible transition from
V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load.
The high-technology V8 also features high pressure direct injection, low
friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation via the charging
system, and innovative turbo charger packaging for greater efficiency.
The instantly recognizable growl of the new 4.0 liter V8 engine sets it apart
from its Bentley stablemates.
The new V8 engine will be available in two models; the Continental GT and the
Continental GTC. Expressing their potent, muscular character, these models are
distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and center bar, a
red enamel Bentley 'B' badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front
bumper divided by distinctive body-colored strakes.
At the rear, unique chromed 'figure eight' exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower
valance and red enamel 'B' bootlid badge emphasize the sporty, contemporary
identity of the new V8s.
Both models are specified with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard with an optional
21-inch six-spoke design which is available in dramatic 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 center
console continue the fresh, sporting design theme.
The two new Continental models will be offered beneath the flagship 6.0 liter,
12-cylinder engined Continental GT and GTC, which continue to excite customers
with a combination of silken refinement and the ultimate power of the
twin-turbocharged W12 Continental engine that, in its most potent form, delivers
an astonishing 631 hp.
2013 Bentley Continental GTC convertible with V8 engine, rear view.
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