Bentley continental GT V8

A GT THAT DRIVES TO A DIFFERENT BEAT.

The clues are there. The dark mesh radiator grille, ringed by bright metal. The aggressive lower bumper with its three air intakes. The dark rear valance, with its twin exhaust tailpipes shaped into an elongated, side-on figure eight. And one further small, but significant detail: a red enamel Bentley winged ‘B’. These are the tell-tale signs of an all-new Bentley, powered by a 4.0 litre V8 engine.
From the distinctive backbeat of its eight cylinders at idling speed to the glorious snarl of full-throttle acceleration, the new V8 offers an exhilarating, involving and passionate route to Bentley Continental ownership. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission transmit its power to the road with unshakable precision. This is a Bentley that can both stir the soul or calm the spirit, according to the mood of the driver or the conditions.

Exterior design

A LEAN AND MUSCULAR LOOK ENTIRELY IN KEEPING WITH THE POWERTRAIN BENEATH IT.

The Crewe styling team has created a Bentley coupé of elegantly tailored lines and muscular form, with the precise crease of the front wings shaped by advanced aluminium super forming technology.
Those distinctive large, close-set inner headlamps are ringed by jewel-like LED lights. At the rear, Bentley’s signature ‘floating’ LED lights draw ones eye to the extremities of the car, emphasising its low, wide stance. A shape that echoes some of the great Bentley grand tourers of the past, yet the design is clean, contemporary and fresh.
The V8’s character is emphasised by the gloss black mesh grille, ringed in bright chrome, the aggressive jut of the three-segment front bumper and by the dark rear valance with those tell-tale figure-of-eight exhaust tailpipes.
The V8 features a red enamel winged ‘B’ badge on the bonnet, boot and wheel centres; a distinguished signature of the V8 powertrain. For an even more dramatic look there’s an exclusive 21” wheel developed by the Bentley design team to accentuate the sporting character of the V8.

Interior design

EVERY SURFACE YOU TOUCH, EVERY CONTROL YOU USE, IS DEVELOPED TO BOND DRIVER WITH MACHINE.

Traditional crafts of wood, leather and knurled metal are expressed in a crisp and modern design language to capture the sporting, youthful spirit of the V8. The symmetrical fascia was inspired by the Bentley winged ‘B’, and features a ‘flying buttress’ centre stack and open illuminated stowage. The shorter centre console creates extra space in the rear, emphasising the sporting feel of the cockpit.
The specially-chosen veneer – Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus – has a clean, straight grained appearance that also gives a spectacular 3D effect. Complementing the sporty, focused design theme, the V8 models are offered with a monotone hide interior in a choice of Beluga, Newmarket Tan, Porpoise or Imperial Blue.  A single-minded interior proposition entirely at one with the efficiency of the new V8.
Choose the optional Driving Specification and you will be able to select duo tone colour split seats with perforated and quilted hide as an alternative to the straight flute design to create an interior that is truly unique.

Performance

WITH POWER COMES RESPONSIBILITY.

Pressing the start button of the advanced new 4.0 litre V8 engine and its inspiring repertoire of sound is brought to life. From the deep V8 burble at low engine speeds to the rising growl and rasp as the car accelerates.
Bentley’s new V8 develops a massive 660 Newton metres of torque at the comparatively low engine speed of 1700rpm, catapulting a Continental GT V8 from a standing start to 60 miles an hour in just 4.6 seconds, and on to a potential top speed of 188mph (303 km/h).
A new 8-speed transmission delivers faster, smoother gear changes, and accounts for 6% of the total 40% efficiency gain achieved by the new V8. Its greater number of ratios ensures that the engine is always working at its most efficient gearing.

Technology

NOT ALL THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IS UNDER THE BONNET.

The Continental GT’s infotainment system is every bit as compact, powerful and technologically advanced as the cars that houses it. As standard the Continental GT comes with an eight channel, eight speaker system, with 15GB of storage for music. Music can be played via an iPod, MP3 player, the car’s own six-disc CD changer or even an SD card.
As for the ‘info’ in ‘infotainment’, the effortless touch-screen navigation system includes live traffic data*, online access for point of interest searches, a 30GB hard disc drive offering rapid access to a continent-full of mapping and even the option of satellite landscape imagery. As you drive, it provides real time monitoring of your tyre pressures, access to your phone contacts (either via Bluetooth or by inserting your SIM card) and the opportunity to zoom in or out of mapping at the slightest touch of a finger.
Not available in all markets.

Everyday practicality

HIGH PERFORMANCE AND HIGH FUNCTION ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.

The impeccably framed door and rear quarter trims offer excellent stowage, a result of many hours spent on the road by the design team to develop a living space worthy of a grand tourer. Elegant cobra-head seats with their integrated headrests are not simply outstandingly comfortable but also create more legroom for rear passengers.
Bentley’s new V8 engine is astonishing, not just for what it does but also for the way it does it. The power and torque figures of 500bhp and 660Nm from 4.0 litres alone would indicate that this new V8 is an advanced high performance engine. But take into consideration that the GT coupé’s CO2 emissions are a mere 246 g/km and it’s clear that the newest Bentley engine’s technology is world-leading. Even though the Bentley develops a full 500bhp, its power to emissions ratio sets a new benchmark that will take most rivals years to equal.
Four years is a short span of time in which to develop a revolutionary new engine, yet Bentley’s commitment in 2008 to develop a GT capable of a 40% increase in fuel-efficiency has now been achieved with the new V8.
A new Bentley V8 should be enjoyed on a long, rewarding drive; with up to 530 miles between fill ups, your journey need have few interruptions.

Bentley continental GTC

DYNAMIC STYLE, BREATHTAKING PERFORMANCE AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CREATE AN ICONIC NEW BENTLEY

The new Bentley Continental GTC offers a seductive combination of performance, style and exclusivity.
It follows a celebrated tradition, as Bentley has been making iconic open tourers for over ninety years. From the golden era of coachbuilding to the swinging sixties, and from Hollywood to St Tropez, to be seen at the wheel of a Bentley convertible told the world that you appreciated design, craftsmanship and engineering in equal measure.
Even with this exalted pedigree, the Continental GTC represents a new pinnacle for the marque: it has been sharpened, refined and rethought in every detail. The result is a convertible sports car that offers supercar levels of performance together with luxurious accommodation for four people. So if you are looking for the enchantment of open-top motoring, there’s no better place to experience it than at the wheel of a Bentley.

Exterior design

EACH BODYLINE, CREASE AND SWELL OF BODYWORK HAS A LOOK OF MILLIMETRE-PERFECT PRECISION

From the front, the face of the Continental GTC appears hewn from solid metal, with distinctive large inner headlamps flanking the familiar Bentley mesh grille. A sweeping bodyline spears backwards from the front wheel to meet the muscular curve of the rear wheel’s haunch. Super forming, a technique that uses a combination of 500ºC temperature and air pressure, is used to form the Continental GTC’s immaculately-tailored lines.
At the rear, wrap-around lamps accentuate the low, wide proportions. They flank a distinctive Bentley ‘double-horseshoe’ bootlid with a small spoiler on its upper edge. And instead of adding an unsightly antenna, Bentley makes the boot lid out of composite SMC, which is transparent to GPS and media signals. It’s a detail, but emblematic of the care and attention that has been applied to every aspect of the design process.

Interior design

OUTSTANDING COMFORT WITH AN UNCLUTTERED, SPORTING AMBIENCE

For the Continental GTC’s cockpit, Bentley’s interior design team has created a cocoon of curved yet crisply-defined planes and surfaces. From the sweep of the fascia architecture, inspired by the form of the Bentley wings, to the satin-chrome dials with their white illumination, the interior of the Continental GTC expresses timeless Bentley design cues with contemporary flair.
The supportive ‘cobra’ style seats give the cockpit a spacious ambiance and their slim line design offers easy access to the rear seats. All leather surfaces are soft-touch, yet seams and edges are precisely defined. Instrument graphics are elegant and clear; the cabin architecture has a lithe, inviting feel.
The cockpit of the Continental GTC has been designed to provide tactile and visual delight, together with outstanding levels of comfort. These are the hallmarks of a true Bentley grand tourer.

Performance

SUPERCAR LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE, WITH THE CONTROL AND REFINEMENT THAT BENTLEY IS FAMED FOR.

The Continental GTC delivers breathtaking performance. Its W12 engine produces 567bhp, with maximum torque of 700Nm available from just 1700rpm for effortless power at the flex of the driver’s right foot. The figures tell their own story: the Continental GTC accelerates from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 195mph.
An all-wheel drive powertrain gives the Continental GTC reassuring traction in all conditions. The impressive power of the W12 engine is sent to all four wheels, with a 60:40 rear power delivery bias for optimum handling. As a result, it is not simply one of the fastest convertibles in the world but also one of the most confidence-inspiring, delivering exceptional grip and control.

Technology

INTUITIVE CONTROL OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Today we expect access to a world of information and entertainment as we travel. The Continental GTC does not disappoint, offering a harmonious fusion of traditional craftsmanship and advanced technology.
Its infotainment system features are based around a 30GB hard drive, which offers up to 15GB of storage for music as well as a vast mapping databank. The navigation includes; live traffic data*, online access for point-of-interest searches, rapid access to a continent-full of mapping and even the option of satellite landscape imagery. The touchscreen also provides real time monitoring of tyre pressure, access to phone contacts and the zoom capability for mapping.
While 15GB should be enough music storage to last you on a round-the-world-tour, you can also play music via an iPod, MP3 player, the car’s own six-disc CD changer or even an SD card. The Naim for Bentley system, incorporating ten custom-built speakers and eight individual DSP modes, is available as an option for the ultimate in audiophile experiences on the move.

Everyday practicality

A CONVERTIBLE FOR ALL SEASONS – WITH A HOST OF INTELLIGENT FEATURES

Like every Bentley grand tourer, the Continental GTC is a true driver’s car: it is rewarding and exhilarating whether you’re driving around town or across a continent. Above all, it offers supercar performance and handling whatever your mood or road, with no sacrifice of practicality.
The advanced all-wheel drive gives reassuring grip in slippery conditions, while Continuous Damping Control adapts to different conditions and delivers a flat, calm ride.
Inside the cockpit every control, including the intuitive new touchscreen, is within easy reach. Detail touches make a difference for everyday ownership: the door pocket includes a special recess with space for a bottle of water. An enclosed storage area ahead of the gearlever is illuminated with LEDs, ideal for a wallet or phone. And slotting into the centre console, a detachable case for sunglasses or keys that’s personalised and trimmed in the same hide and veneer as the car it belongs to. It’s a delightful finishing touch to a car that’s designed to be driven and enjoyed every day of the year.
For those cool summer evenings or crisp spring mornings, Bentley’s engineers have developed an extra inducement to enjoy hood-down motoring. With the optional neck warmer feature, a discreet vent in the seat just below the headrest provides a stream of warm air to take the chill off your drive. When a convertible looks this good hood down, you’ll want to enjoy it all year round. And with seats like these, you can.

Specifications

POWERTRAIN AND CHASSIS

6-litre W12 twin-turbocharged Flexfuel compliant engine
6 speed ZF transmission with Quickshift and steering column mounted gearshift paddles
Permanent all-wheel drive with 40:60 front to rear torque split
Brake system with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Hydraulic Brake Assistance (HBA), Drag Torque Control (MSR) and aquaplane detection
Air springs with Continuous Damping Control (CDC)
20″ 5-spoke alloy wheels in painted finish
Vented front and rear disc brakes with Bentley branded brake callipers in gloss black finish
Electronic parking brake with drive away assist
Speed sensitive power steering
Electronic tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
Electronic cruise control

EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION

Bentley matrix grille integrated into bonnet with black winged ‘B’ badge to radiator shell and wheel centres
Bi-Xenon projector headlamps with LED signature daylight running lamps, LED main beam supplementation and integrated washer jets
Full LED rear lamps with jewellery-effect inner lamp treatment
Rear fog and reversing lamps, high level rear brake light
Twilight sensor control and tunnel detection for lighting
Door area lighting in lower edge of exterior mirrors and entrance lighting in lower edge of each door
Colour coded electronically adjustable door mirrors with heating, power folding and memory functions
Power latching to driver and passenger doors for easy entry and exit
Power boot opening and closing
Rain sensing windscreen wipers
Keyless entry and ignition
Twin oval stainless steel tailpipes
Choice of 17 exterior paint colours  please see exterior paint colours section for details of further optional colours
Spoiler integrated into composite boot lid made from Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC)
Automatically Folding, 4-Layer, Insulated Fabric Hood in 5 colours
Acoustic Interlayer to Front & Side Glass

INTERIOR SPECIFICATION

Full premium grade hide interior with a choice of 17 colours
Slim design power adjustable front seats with heating, lumbar, nose extension and memory functions
Mirror-matched, unbleached Burr Walnut veneer to fascia panels and console
Seat belt and leather-bound carpets to match all hide colours
Single-tone, hide-trimmed, 3-spoke, multi-function steering wheel
Bulls-eyes air vents with chrome organ stop controls
Electric tilt and reach adjustment steering column with memory and easy entry and exit functions
Automatic seat belt presenter
Twin front armrests with stowage
Footwell and centre console stowage illumination
Touch screen infotainment system with 8 inch high resolution screen and incorporating AM/FM radio, HDD navigation, iPod interface, single DVD/CD slot, single SD card slot, integrated HVAC controls, telephone control with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, suspension settings and TPMS features – voice activation on infotainment system features
Satellite radio (Sirius)
8 channel, 8 speaker audio system with Balanced mode Radiator (BMR) speakers to give crystal clear sound
Electronic park brake with move-off assist
Multi-zone automatic climate control system
Volumetric ultrasonic alarm
Park distance control with graphic on infotainment screen and audible warning
Foot pedals with Bentley ‘B’ emblem
Hide and chrome trimmed gear lever with manual shift change facility
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger deactivation
6 interior hide colour splits, 1 monotone and 5 duo-tone
Front side and thorax airbags