2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S


2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S

2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S

Two new Bentley Continental V8 models will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 9th January 2012. The new 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 Continental GT coupé and GTC convertible achieve exceptional standards for power-to-emissions in the high luxury sports car sector.

This remarkable, new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power of 500bhp (507PS/373Kw) at 6000 rev/min and an extraordinary peak torque of 660Nm (487 lb ft) which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rev/min, providing exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a sub-5 second acceleration time for the 0-60 mph (0-100km/h) sprint and a top speed of over 180mph (290km/h).

At the same time, the new V8 Continental models achieve outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector and are capable of travelling over 500 miles (800km) on a single tank of fuel. Full and official figures will be released in early 2012.

The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfils Bentley’s environmental commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

The new V8 engine features variable displacement with a highly sophisticated engine management system, ensuring a seamless and imperceptible transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load.

The high-technology V8 also features high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation via the charging system, and innovative turbo charger packaging for greater efficiency.

The instantly recognisable growl of the new 4.0 litre V8 engine sets it apart from its Bentley stablemates.

The new V8 engine will be available in two models; the Continental GT and the Continental GTC. Expressing their potent, muscular character, these models are distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-coloured strakes.

At the rear, unique chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge emphasise the sporty, contemporary identity of the new V8s.

Both models are specified with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard with an optional 21-inch six-spoke design which is available in dramatic Diamond Black (exclusive to the Continental V8) or Diamond Silver finishes.

Inside the cabin, an Eliade cloth headlining, new contemporary Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneers, optional two-tone leather colour split and short centre console continue the fresh, sporting design theme.

The two new Continental models will be offered beneath the flagship 6.0 litre,12-cylinder engined Continental GT and GTC, which continue to excite customers with a combination of silken refinement and the ultimate power of the twin-turbocharged W12 Continental engine that, in its most potent form, delivers an astonishing 631bhp (640PS).

Both new models feature a state-of-the-art, all-wheel drive system employing an advanced Torsen differential and a 40:60 rear biased power split. This ensures safe yet dynamic sports car handling in all road conditions.

Since the launch of the original GT in 2003, the W12-engined Continental range has gone from strength to strength with over 50,000 sales worldwide, making Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England, the largest producer of 12 cylinder engines in the world. The W12 story continues to unfold and remains the ultimate expression of Bentley’s engineering strength.

Commenting on the launch of the new V8 Continental models, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors said:

“With the new 4.0 litre V8 engine we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience. The new engine will have all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic ‘wave of torque’. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions.”

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In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
released at2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
built atCrewe, England
engine4.0TFSI V8
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Scroll Turbochargers
ignitionCoil-On-Plug
block materialAluminium-Silicon Alloy
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedDirect Fuel Injection
displacement3993 cc / 243.67 in³
bore84.5 mm / 3.3 in
stroke89 mm / 3.5 in
compression10.5:1
power389 kw / 521 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output130.48 bhp per litre
bhp/weight227.02 bhp per tonne
torque680 nm / 501.5 ft lbs @ 1700 rpm
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsContinuous AWD
front tires275/40 ZR20
rear tires275/40 ZR20
front brakesVentilated Discs
rear brakesVentilated Discs
front wheelsF 50.8 x 24.1 cm / 20 x 9.5 in
rear wheelsR 50.8 x 24.1 cm / 20 x 9.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Air Suspension, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionTrapezoidal Multi-Link w/Air Suspension
curb weight2295 kg / 5060 lbs
wheelbase2746 mm / 108.1 in
length4806 mm / 189.2 in
width2227 mm / 87.7 in
height1394 mm / 54.9 in
transmission8-Speed Automatic
gear ratios4.71:1, 3.14:1, 2.00:1, 1.67:1, 1.29:1, 1.00:1, 0.839:1, 0.667:1
final drive2.85:1
top speed~309 kph / 191.89 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.3 seconds
0 – 100 mph~10.3 seconds
0 – 100 kph~4.5 seconds
0 – 200 kph~10.3 seconds
fuel econ epa13.07 L/100 km or 18 mpg-us
city fuel econ epa15.68 L/100 km or 15 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa9.80 L/100 km or 24 mpg-us
urban fuel econ eu15.4 L/100 km or 15.27 mpg-us
extra urban fuel econ eu7.7 L/100 km or 30.55 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu10.6 L/100 km or 22.19 mpg-us
emission246 g/km
fuel capacity90 litres or 23.76 gal.