Bentley Continental GT V8 Official Info and Photos
The 4.0-liter unit that will go under the hood of the Continental GT and GTC (convertible), delivers 500 hp at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 487 lb-ft (660 Nm), available from 1,700 all the way to 5,000 rpm.
Working with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, the unit allows the V8 models to deal with the 0 to 62 mph sprint in under 5 seconds and deliver a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). The automotive producer brags that the engine offers a “distinctive V8 growl”.
To achieve this, the powerplant uses multiple state-of-the-art technologies, such as a cylinder deactivation system that turns it into a V4 one when power is not needed, direct injection, low friction bearings, as well as thermal management.
The Continental GT and GTC V8 come with a black gloss matric front grille, a chrome finish form the frame and center bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, as well as a black matrix three-part lower front fascia. Moving to the rear, we find new tailpipes, a dark finish for the lower fascia, as well as a red enamel “B” badge.
The vehicle ride on 20-inch alloy rims, with optional 21-inch six-spoke wheels available - these can be ordered in a Diamond Black finish, offered exclusively for the V8 models. The V8 models are scheduled to make their debut at the Detroit Auto Show, on 9 January 2012.
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