RE: New Bentley Continental GT V8 announced

RE: New Bentley Continental GT V8 announced

Monday 18th March

New Bentley Continental GT V8 announced

The W12 GT is already supreme; who'd bet against a leaner, meaner V8 making it more so?



Ever since their introduction in 2012, the V8 Bentley Continentals have made compelling cases for themselves: while losing none of the opulence that characterises the W12 models, they've offered a sharper, more engaging drive, with a soundtrack that knocks the bigger engine for six. All while being cheaper to buy.

It's therefore no surprise to find the V8 appear in the third generation GT range soon after the introduction of the W12. Described by Bentley as "combining driver-focussed performance with exquisite refinement and cutting edge technology", the V8 is again being offered in coupe and convertible GTC guises.


Now, the engine. Instinct would say, given what a stonking engine it was, that the old 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 would be carried over into this GT. Alas, that is not the case - this has a new 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8. Such is progress. To make it simpler to understand, see this twin test - the Bentley used to use the 3,993cc V8 and automatic once used in the RS7 and RS6, and now uses the 3,996cc V8 and dual-clutch as found in the Panamera Turbo. Indeed its outputs of 550hp and 568lb ft are identical to the Porsche, and mean half a second has been slashed from the 0-62mph time - Bentley claims four seconds flat for the Coupe, and 4.1 for the Convertible. Top speed for both models is 198mph, with a "characterful burble through the stylish quad exhaust pipes" also promised.

The new pipes are probably the best way to distinguish eight-cylinder GT from 12, in fact, the only other identifiers being front wing badges. Otherwise it's as you were for coupe and convertible outside, with 'Crown Cut Walnut' a new finish available for the interior (and a variety of exquisite wood veneers, if that doesn't suit. And eight roof lining colours for the GTC. And seven choices of roof colour...)


While those are surely bigger priorities for actual customers, those of a PH persuasion will be pleased to hear of the V8's weight saving against the W12. Previously the V8, despite the transformation in driving dynamics, was officially only 25kg lighter than the W12. Now that figure is believed to be in the region of 70kg (an official figure is yet to be released), which would make the new V8 2,175kg at the kerb. Not light, though something should probably be counted as better than nothing...

Still, given how warmly received the GT has been thus far, carrying over everything wholesale - including the three-chamber air suspension, continuously variable damping and active all-wheel drive - from W12 to V8 seems like a very wise idea. If it's anything like the previous Continental GT, there's every suggestion that this V8 will be the pick of the range; buyers will find out for themselves when European deliveries begin early next year. Orders are open now.






 

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mrclav

Original Poster:

770 posts

163 months

Monday 18th March
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Oh yesssssssss. That convertible - ooof. Come to daddy!

dotgillingham

32 posts

35 months

Monday 18th March
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Yes, please.

garyhun

26,541 posts

168 months

Monday 18th March
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What’s the pricing difference to the W12?

simon-tigjs

24 posts

37 months

Monday 18th March
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There is something eminently classy about this new model. Early ones seemed way more brash somehow although a friend of mine has a deep navy blue coupe with magnolia hide and blue carpets. He only paid 50k for it with practically no miles. It's a very special way to arrive for dinner.
The V8 makes it less crass as well. A good balance.
In a similar nice classic colour scheme this could look really nice. I bet its a joy to drive. Better start playing lotto. By the time I win there will be some used ones about

wab172uk

1,254 posts

167 months

Monday 18th March
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I'll wait for the V8 S


While waiting for my numbers to come up !
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Venturist

2,669 posts

135 months

Monday 18th March
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wab172uk said:
I'll wait for the V8 S


While waiting for my numbers to come up !
Interesting statement makes me wonder the sentiment behind it - is that because it’s just a little too slow to 60 but a W12 is too fast, or is it just psychological, like you don’t want to fork out for the most expensive one but don’t want the bottom rung either?
Lovely cars I think, something about the proportions is just right.

berlintaxi

7,714 posts

113 months

Monday 18th March
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The convertible is just gorgeous, definitely on next car list.

howardhughes

296 posts

144 months

Monday 18th March
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Very nice, but think I'll wait a couple of years and pick one up for 30k

dazwalsh

4,280 posts

81 months

Monday 18th March
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Now that is a great looking car, without the need for silly diffusers or spoilers or vents that look liek the designers set about it with an axe.

LuS1fer

35,035 posts

185 months

Monday 18th March
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The coupe is very Continental Type R and very elegant.



I'm afraid the Halfords lower grilles on the convertible are totally gash and make it look like an electricity sub-station entrance. IMHO.

cmoose

44,111 posts

169 months

Monday 18th March
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Hate to admit it, but this second gen GT is quite appealing. It's pretty vulgar, but it looks like a far more sophisticated effort than the first model.

A had a W12 for a week once and it really was not impressive. Technically it was OK, but it felt pretty fake overall - the VAG underpinnings really defined its character, ultimately.

Obviously still VAG underpinnings, but the latest Panamera is just a far better starting point for the GT than the Phaeton was.

philmots

4,491 posts

200 months

Tuesday 19th March
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Can’t think of a car currently with a nicer interior either.

PantsFire

434 posts

20 months

Tuesday 19th March
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The V8 coupe is definitely the sweeter option, lighter, faster, more fuel efficient, lower tax bill, really interested to see the pricing.

unsprung

2,700 posts

64 months

Tuesday 19th March
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philmots said:
Can’t think of a car currently with a nicer interior either.
+1


Fetchez la vache

5,129 posts

154 months

Tuesday 19th March
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simon-tigjs said:
The V8 makes it less crass as well.
Since the term crass means "showing no intelligence or sensitivity", and assuming you mean that visually the v8 is less crass than the w12, I'm intrigued as to why the number of tailpipes and a small wing badge make such a leap in intelligence or sensitivity... scratchchin

Nerdherder

556 posts

37 months

Tuesday 19th March
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A very desirable package this new Continental V8 - Well done Bentley.

Snozzer

36 posts

81 months

Tuesday 19th March
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A lessen to Aston Martin in styling. They completely ruined the new Vantage.

Jimbo89

56 posts

84 months

Tuesday 19th March
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Yes please. I quite liked the later versions of the first gen car but I love this new one. They're a lot less in your face than you would think when you see one on the road. They do look quite brash in pictures but as long as its not orange they don't jump out at you on the road.

One day..... hopefully.

Dr Interceptor

5,281 posts

136 months

Tuesday 19th March
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cmoose said:
Hate to admit it, but this second gen GT is quite appealing. It's pretty vulgar, but it looks like a far more sophisticated effort than the first model.
I agree - except this is the third generation...

E65Ross

22,239 posts

152 months

Tuesday 19th March
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That interior....! Sublime.