Bentley has just revealed some images showing the upcoming Continental GT V8 that will be officially unveiled at the next month’s Detroit Auto Show.
In the big coupe, the 4.0-liter V8 engine delivers 373kW (500hp) at 6000rpm and 660Nm of torque between 1700 and 5000rpm.
Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a sub-5 second acceleration time for the 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint and a top speed of over 180 mph (290 km/h).
Cylinder displacement technology will allow the engine to run on four cylinders under light throttle load, which Bentley says it will help it achieve its environmental commitment to produce a new power-train that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
More precisely, the British automaker said the V8 GT Continental will be capable of travelling over 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank of fuel. That is simply astonishing for a car of this class and this size.
Styling tweaks include distinctive exhaust tailpipes, shaped in a figure of eight, and a black gloss matrix grille, with a chrome frame and center bar.
Both the coupe and cabriolet have 20-inch alloys fitted as standard, while 21-inch wheels are available as an option, which for the first time can be finished in black. The six-spoke design is exclusive to the V8 car.
Until now, the Continental GT has been available with a 6.0-liter W12 engine only, producing 430kW and 700Nm of torque and a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds.
Available from January, the new Continental GT V8 will start at £120,000 in the UK.