After releasing a video showing off the sound of Bentley’s new V8 engine, the company has officially announced details on the new Continental GT V8 before its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 9, 2012. The new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine will be offered for both the CT coupe and GTC convertible models and will go on sale in the summer of 2012.

The new V8 engine delivers 500 HP at 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque available between 1700 to 5000 rpm. The models equipped with this new engine will be offered with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, while top speed will go up to 180 mph. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions have been improved significantly, but official figures will be released in early 2012. Bentley has promised that when equipped with the new V8 engine, the Continental models will be capable of traveling over 500 miles (800km) on a single tank of fuel.

"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 02/22/2012: Bentley has unveiled a series of new images of the Continental GT V8. Enjoy!

  • 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8
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    twin turbocharged V8 engine
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    8-speed automatic
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    4000 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    180 mph
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Exterior and Interior

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 High Resolution Exterior
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The major addition to the new Continental GT V8 will obviously be the new engine, Bentley has also done some work on the aesthetics of the vehicle. Both the Continental GT and GTC will be distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and center bar, a red enamel Bentley "B" badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-colored strakes, as well as the option of three different hood colors. At the rear, the vehicles will get unique chromed "figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance, and red enamel "B" bootlid badge. Both models will also be offered with standard 20-inch alloy wheels or an optional 21-inch six-spoke design which is available in dramatic Diamond Black (exclusive to the Continental V8) or Diamond Silver finishes.

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For the interior, the GT and GTC will get Eliade cloth headlining, new contemporary Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneers, and an optional two-tone leather color split and short center console.


2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 Drivetrain
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Everything else aside, the big news for the new Continental GT and GTC V8 is the new engine. The new 4.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 engine delivers a total of 500 HP at 6000 rpm and an extraordinary peak torque of 487 lb-ft available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rpm. The engine is combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, which together will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 180 mph. By comparison, the models equipped with a 6.0 liter W12 engine will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 198 mph.

However, Bentley has promised that the new V8 engine will come with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. Official numbers will be announced in early 2012, but until then, the company said that the Continental V8 will be capable of traveling over 500 miles (800km) on a single tank of gas.


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The new Bentley Continental V8 will be making its world debut in January 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show and will go on sale later in the year. A leaked brochure has revealed the European prices for the new Continental GT models. The coupe version is priced at 161,840 euro (about $211,600 at the current exchange rates) and the convertible version at 178,024 euro ($232,700).


2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 High Resolution Exterior
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The new V8 engine will allow the Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8s to move in on the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG and the BMW M6. The CLS model is powered by a a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine that delivers 525 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. It will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. For the new M6, BMW will drop its usual V10 engine in favor of a turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 that will deliver a few more than 500 HP.

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 High Resolution Exterior
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  (594) posted on 02.28.2012

Pasajerong123, that’s because of the better mileage of this Bentley Continental since it has been fuel-efficient and best engine.

  (210) posted on 02.27.2012

Who wouldn’t love this on its very fuel-efficient and powerful at 500HP? Aside from the glossy exteriors, it also looks nice on different paints. What most surprise me a lot is its 180MPH which I am expecting higher numbers on its maximum speed.

  (399) posted on 02.27.2012

This chic looking car has a really good engine. It stores and saves a lot of fuel. You can go on miles for hours without needing to refill your tank every now and then.

  (453) posted on 02.24.2012

Well, the images are great mostly in the exterior that looks fascinating and inviting. The exhaust seems a new concept to me and the interior looks great in the black cloth cover. The engine uses W12. I am excited to know what are the exact numbers of this Camaro.

  (32) posted on 02.23.2012

I am in love with this machine.....although not as fast as the W12 800km in a single fuel tank is impressive,the design is even better than before.No way it can be hated.

  (501) posted on 02.21.2012

While it was running, this Bentley comes out with a very stunning look regardless of exterior paint color. Also, the interior was spacious that makes it really comfortable. It’s a good car for sure.

  (320) posted on 02.20.2012

The interior was fascinating. It was innovative and a lot of technology upgrades. The price was somehow competitive and yet affordable to masses. There’s still one need to be highlighted, the fuel-consumption which was improved.

  (428) posted on 01.20.2012

Wow! Bentley cars are really expensive! And no wonder with this one. It has a powerful engine specs for it uses a twin turbocharged V8 engine that can deliver a total output of 500 HP.

  (441) posted on 01.19.2012

I am not that impressed on its interior looks but what caught my attention on this car is its improved fuel consumption. Though its competitors are more powerful than this, I do believe that it can stand out against them.

  (595) posted on 01.18.2012

The Bentley Continental GT V8 is oozing with angst on its read body paint, but I am much impressed with the black body paint one. Anyway, it look simple to me but knowing that this is a car from Bentley, I am still impressed on this car.

  (397) posted on 01.17.2012

these vehicles as well as the design and color because he was dark blue and he had nothing but rooftop can also apply also.the headlight bhe was four large and the steam machine is great as well and then
The car seat is very soft and considerably more space inside her.

  (242) posted on 01.16.2012

I am truly amazed on Bentley cars! They can always produce a nice designed car with an outstanding engine. I can’t blame this car for having that expensive price. Anyway, V8 engine is good but I think they should boost it even more.

  (599) posted on 12.28.2011

Bentley’s vehicle is one of the best and most luxurious cars that I ever saw! Well, I will not get surprised if this car is too expensive on its market price. Moreover, I still find it very exciting to drive with on its V8 engine.

  (384) posted on 12.14.2011

Yeah! Its engine is still great on it, and the fact that it is not a sports car; I don’t think that it needs to have that kind of super powerful engine. Anyway, it’s a good thing that Bentley maintained its luxury image.

  (466) posted on 12.12.2011

Well, even though they didn’t use a V12 engine on this, it still quite powerful for this luxury vehicle and that is the good thing on it. Moreover, I must say that I’m as yet so impressed on its interior, especially on its center console!

  (368) posted on 12.6.2011

Yeah! I have to agree with that. This newly developed Bentley is really interesting than on before. However, I wonder if why didn’t use a V12 engine like they use to adapt for their vehicles.

  (630) posted on 10.4.2011

Every developed car, turn into more interesting car after the configuration and enhancement. That’s the reason why I’m after to what’s new and improvements of the car. Special those I critic before.

  (224) posted on 08.31.2011

I don’t get why there are a lot that still use the v8 technology when it produced a less power output. I was really impressed with the success of the continental GT. 

  (296) posted on 08.31.2011

If not mistaken, Bentley just released a new production for this car. I wonder why does the w12 technology hasn’t boosted the figure performance of the car.

  (415) posted on 08.11.2011

If Bentley if preferring to use that new turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 engine in a series of their cars, maybe it’s their best shot as of this moment. Though it would not be as powerful as the 6.0 liter W-12 engine, Its lower emission is a good concept..

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