The sound is unmistakable – the deep growl that only can be a Continental V8.
Launched at the Detroit Motor Show by Bentley Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Wolfgang Durheimer, the coveted new Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8 models are powered by a new generation of 4.0 litre V8 engine.
The new Continental V8 models offer sensational performance, outstanding efficiency and a soundtrack to thrill any driver.
The Bentley specialists spent hours in sound simulators perfecting the burbling throaty tone that would signal the arrival of this extraordinary new engine.
And for the owner of a Continental GTC V8, one of the incidental pleasures of hood-down motoring is the chance to enjoy the V8’s mechanical symphony…in full surround sound.
But the sound – beautiful though it is – is only half the story.
The new 4.0 litre V8 engine widens the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience.
This is an engine so efficient it can travel over 500 miles on a single tank. At the same time, go from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds. All this, in a car with the luxury, quality and craftsmanship that can only be Bentley.
Bentley’s innovative deployment of variable valve displacement, where four of the eight cylinders are effectively switched off at gentle throttle openings, delivers a more fuel-efficient engine.
As soon as the driver presses the throttle harder, the engine instantly switches back to full eight-cylinder operation.
And then there’s the look...
The Continental V8 has its own distinct character. There’s a lean and muscular look that’s entirely in keeping with the powertrain beneath the bonnet. And one further small, but significant detail: a red enamel Bentley winged ‘B’.
At the rear, the twin exhaust tailpipes are shaped into an elongated, side-on figure eight, echoed by the elliptical double ring of rear lights.
And, of course, the attention to detail continues inside the cockpit. There’s a classic, modern feel to the fascia and the unique Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer trim, as clear instrumentation, crisp lines and impeccable craftsmanship combine to make this a space in which to spend some quality time.
For further information about the Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8, please contact our dealership sales team. To view the technical film click here