Bentley Continental GT V8 – fist images image

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.