RE: Bentley Continental GT V8 now on sale in UK

RE: Bentley Continental GT V8 now on sale in UK

Friday 6th September

Bentley Continental GT V8 now on sale in UK

The 550hp variant of the third-generation coupe is now available to order in its domestic market. Huzzah!



It feels like itโ€™s been a long time getting to this point. We first drove the new generation W12-powered Continental GT in May of last year. We loved it - although we all knew the V8 model was incoming, even if Bentley wouldnโ€™t confirm it at the time. In March of this year, Crewe finally revealed the lighter, cheaper version, but with the caveat that it wouldnโ€™t be available in the UK straightaway as the manufacturer sought to play catch-up in markets overseas.

Now, at last, the V8 is officially available to order in the UK for the new model year. And thatโ€™s a good thing because a) itโ€™s a five-figure sum more affordable than the range-topping car and b) itโ€™s very likely to be noticeably superior. Not superior in pace or pomp, of course - our affection for the W12 is total - but with 50kg gone from over the front axle, the V8, much like its predecessor, is almost certain to be the better driverโ€™s car.

โ€œLively and engagingโ€ Bentley calls it, and that sounds about right from a car that delivers 550hp and 568lb ft from a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged engine it shares with the Porsche Panamera. With the V8 abroad you get 3.9 second-to-62mph performance away from the line, alongside the prospect of 198mph V-Max. No less importantly, the unit will disengage four cylinders when youโ€™re not trying so hard - a familiar advantage obviously intended to enhance its reputation as the fuel-sipping GT.

Elsewhere the V8 comes with passive anti-roll bars as standard; if you want the funky (and very effective) active alternative, Bentleyโ€™s Dynamic Ride System is on the cost option list. Expect the modelโ€™s innards to be no less magnificent than the W12 version, although the real fun is to be had with the extensive - Bentley claims seven billion different permutations - amount of personalised ticking that can be done. If youโ€™ve got a free afternoon (or even if you havenโ€™t) the configurator for the new model year can be found here. And if it all gets the better of you, expect delivery in early Q4. Not a moment too soon.


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sidesauce

Original Poster:

1,029 posts

163 months

Friday 6th September
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A truly marvellous car - I really rather like this!

Dave Hedgehog

11,085 posts

149 months

Friday 6th September
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best looking of the modern era Bentleys by a mile

will be a good buy in a few years once they have dumped 80% of their value

scottydoesntknow

110 posts

2 months

Friday 6th September
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Absolutely love these.

AmosMoses

3,363 posts

110 months

Friday 6th September
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Yes please, V8 is more than enough.

Nerdherder

1,286 posts

42 months

Friday 6th September
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Dave Hedgehog said:
best looking of the modern era Bentleys by a mile

will be a good buy in a few years once they have dumped 80% of their value
Exactly!

redroadster

983 posts

177 months

Friday 6th September
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Best big coupe out there awesome and as above looking forward to owning one after it plummets on used market .

spikyone

345 posts

45 months

Friday 6th September
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Never really been a fan of the VAG-era Conti, but the one in those pictures does look rather lovely - quite a discreet but stylish spec.

TartanPaint

1,421 posts

84 months

Friday 6th September
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After getting it so wrong for so long, they've got it so incredibly right.

So

16,095 posts

167 months

Friday 6th September
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redroadster said:
Best big coupe out there awesome and as above looking forward to owning one after it plummets on used market .
Yes, they do seem to be horrific in that regard, don't they,

I still want one though.

Twoshoe

465 posts

129 months

Friday 6th September
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What colour is that - 'phlegm'?

(Other than that, very nice though)

scottygib553

161 posts

40 months

Friday 6th September
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I love these

Plate spinner

13,380 posts

145 months

Friday 6th September
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TartanPaint said:
After getting it so wrong for so long, they've got it so incredibly right.
Agreed. Was never much of a fan of the first one, but this one looks great and reportedly drives a lot better as well.

simonwhite2000

1,128 posts

42 months

Friday 6th September
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Love this and if the lotto comes in I would take the V8 version

Plate spinner

13,380 posts

145 months

Friday 6th September
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simonwhite2000 said:
Love this and if the lotto comes in I would take the V8 version
Or wait for the V8S that will no doubt be along in a couple of years... smile

Don Roque

16,644 posts

104 months

Friday 6th September
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I have always loved the Continental, from when it first arrived up until now, though I do think this is the best looking model by far and the V8 is the choice engine for the keen driver. The 12 cylinder models do sound fantastic but I can imagine the weight saving over the nose makes quite a difference to the handling.

Dannythemusicman

65 posts

39 months

Friday 6th September
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You're not kidding about the configurator... need a dedicated holiday just to spec the damn thing...

Loving the Download PDF at the end. Acts like a reward for completing the config...