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2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8


Bentley put a hold on developing any new models in order to work on a new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine that we already expected to see in the Continental GT V8 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Details for the Coupe model were already revealed to that effect, but now that the auto show has opened its doors, the new Continental GTC V8 was there, welcoming the auto industry with open arms with its new engine and a total of 500 HP and 487 lb ft of torque. In Europe, the GTC V8 is priced at €149,600 - or about $191,000 at the current exchange rates. Prices for the North American market will be announced at a later date.

"With the new 4.0 liter 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," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors.

UPDATE 02/20/12: Bentley has released a new crop of images for the Continental GTC V8, all of which you can check out in the gallery below!

UPDATE 03/19/12: Bentley has unveiled a very cool promo video for their latest Continental GTC V8. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the new Bentley Continental GTC V8.

Exterior and Interior

Bentley Continental GTC V8

The biggest change for the GTC will obviously be found under the hood, but Bentley has also made some changes to the aesthetic portions of the model. The new GTC V8 has received a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and center bar, a red enamel Bentley "B" badge, a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-colored strakes, unique chromed "figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance, and red enamel "B" bootlid badge. It will also be offered with a choice of three different hood colors and a choice of standard 20-inch alloy wheels or an optional 21-inch six-spoke design available in dramatic Diamond Black (exclusive to the Continental V8) or Diamond Silver finishes.

Distinctive sporting style

  • Gloss black matrix grille with bright chrome surround and divider
  • Three-segment lower bumper with black air intakes and striking body-colored dividers
  • Dark rear lower valance
  • Distinctive twin ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes
  • Red enamel Bentley winged ‘B’ badges above the front grille, to the bootlid and wheel centres
  • 7 exterior colors offered in standard range

Sporty, contemporary interior

  •  New Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer unique to the V8 models
  • Eliade cloth headlining and pillar trim
  • Short center console in place of W12 through-console
  • 4 hide colors offered in standard range
  • Unique two-tone leather colour split

Engine

Bentley Continental GTC V8

The Bentley Continental GTC V8 will be powered by the brand’s new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine delivering a total of 500 HP at 6000 rpm and 487 lb ft of torque which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rpm. This engine will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 188 mph.

The engine is mated to a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission and is capable of traveling over 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank of fuel.

Prices

Prices for the new North American market will be announced at a later date, but in Europe the GTC V8 is priced at €149,600 - or about $191,000 at the current exchange rates.

Competition

Bentley Continental GTC V8

The main competitor for the new Bentley Continental GTC V8 will be the new BMW M6 , in its convertible version. The M6 will use a new turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 that will deliver up to 600 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. The M6 is about 100 HP more powerful than the GTC V8, but its performance - 0 to 60 mph sprint time is 4.5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph - takes a back seat to the GTC V8 - 0 to 60 mph sprint time in 4.8 seconds, while top speed halts at 188 mph.

Bentley Continental GTC V8
LOVE IT
  • More fuel efficient
  • Sporty and Contemporary look
  • Performance beats out the competition
LEAVE IT
  • Pricey, but it is a Bentley


28 comments:

What contemporary look are you talking about? I don’t like it, honestly. I’d give thumbs up for the fuel efficiency and powerful performance, but just because it is branded, it doesn’t need to be pricey when its style is beyond bland.

The engine isn’t unique, other brands have produced more than a few of that kind. I must say I’m impressed with the exterior paint job though, the glossy purple gives off a majestic feel with this convertible.

What else are we looking for? It is fuel efficient that beat performance out of the competition, and it possessed sporty and contemporary look. It is already enough for me to have this parked on my garage.

This Bentley looks very enticing with its platform. I like its color. Anyway, the engine performance of this car will surely leave its competitor.

This is super cool on the way it looks like. From the exterior looks up to interior detailing, it’s a very well-designed concept. This somehow strikes me off.

I truly like this new GTC V8, it’s oozing with appeal and has a truly captivating body paint. It has a perfect interior and exterior detail with high technology ever. Expect it to be very expensive, but it’s worth it.

I love the combination of sporty and contemporary look of this 2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8. The performance of this car is amazing that can beat out the competition. The price is not that affordable.

I think I found a new baby. A cute car that is running up to its maximum speed of 188mph. The exterior is outstanding. The wheels is perfect.

The engine is good at V8 and has 500hp that makes it more powerful. It has good exterior prior to the picture. The cars are good.

love the looks of this Bentley Continental GTC V8, the convertible look of it is truly amazing. It is so cool to see this as a four-seater car. But I felt so weak on its price of $191,000.

A very cool model of bluntly with a great engine and more fuel efficient. I like the combination of sporty, intimately an extreme best sports cars ever. I like the dynamic design and aggressive overall look. Equipped with nice exterior and bumper parts.

Yeah! The design model is fantastic. It’s perfect for dating or traveling out of town. The blue body paint attracts me most. It is also great when it comes to fuel. I’d like to have this one someday.

A very cool model of Bentley with a great engine and more fuel efficient. I like the combination of sporty, ultimately an extreme best sports cars ever. I like the dynamic design and aggressive overall look. Equipped with nice exterior and bumper parts.

Wow. the over all look of this Bentley was very amusing, add the best performance of engine and it result to a perfect model of cars. This is much expensive but worthy to cost.

Another great car from Bentley! And this sure is a pricey one; $191,000. But I think it all worth it. This convertible has a V8 engine that has an output of 500 Hp, and when it comes to its speed performance? A 188 mph in running time! smiley

Of course it is too pricey, this is a car from Bentley remember? smiley Well, I have to say that I am really impressed on the combination of its contemporary and sporty looks that suited with its stunning blue body paint. Aside from that, buyers will definitely won’t regret buying this for it offers a nice engine specs.

I wonder if the most powerful men or should I say the richest man in the world do have this kind of car in their garage. This is truly exceptional among other hybrid cars out there.

A very cool model of Bently with a great engine and more fuel efficient. I like its
combination of sporty and contemporary look, but I will agree that it’s a bit pricey.

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