Bentley Continental GT V8 Official Info and Photos

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Ladies and gentlemen, you can lower your eyebrows - we know you’ve been constantly raising them ever since Bentley and Audi announced they’re co-developing a new V8 engine and now the British carmaker is offering us the details of its side of this twin turbocharged moon (each company has its dedicated set of engine tweaks).
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”.

At the same time, Bentley promises that the vehicles will climb to the top of the luxury performance segment in terms of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. For now, we can tell you that the vehicles will offer a driving range of over 500 miles (800 km), cutting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 40 percent compared to the W12 models.

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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