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New Bentley Continental GT V8 revealed

New V8 offers more power than predecessor and greater range than W12.

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Bentley has revealed the latest V8 variant of its Continental GT and GT Convertible, which will go on sale alongside the W12 version launched last year.

The 4.0-litre unit is well-known, already employed in a number of Volkswagen Group models. In the Continental GT, it develops 550hp – more than 40hp more than the previous generation Continental GT V8 – and 770Nm of torque.

The twin-turbo V8 provides the Continental, pitched as more of a grand tourer than a sports car, with some significant performance figures – it will hit 60mph from rest in just 3.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 198mph. Convertible models, with their increased weight, are one-tenth slower to 60mph but have the same top speed.

Bentley promises the new engine will produce a ‘characterful V8 burble’ and paired with the standard-fit eight-speed auto transmission and all-wheel drive, the lighter weight of the engine should make the car nimbler in the corners and less nose-heavy.

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The main appeal of a Continental V8, however, will be the improved range. The new engine will be able to deliver better fuel economy than the W12, helping the Continental GT complete cross-country journeys with fewer stops at a filling station.

   

Bentley hasn’t released fuel economy figures yet, but has promised a range between fill-ups of more than 500 miles – around 50 more than the W12 will manage.

Customers will be able to distinguish their V8 Continental from the W12 model by bespoke 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels, quad exhaust pipes, and subtle badging.

The Continental GT V8 is expected on UK roads in 2020 – no pricing has been released yet but the figure is expected to be less than the W12 model’s £159,100 asking price.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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