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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.