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.

  • 2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8
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    4.4 L
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    4.8 sec.
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    188 mph
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Exterior and Interior

2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8 High Resolution Exterior
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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


2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8 High Resolution Drivetrain
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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 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.


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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.

2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8 High Resolution Exterior
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  (577) posted on 05.23.2012

You got to love the sporty and contemporary look of this GTC. One of its best assets is the performance it can give. 

  (434) posted on 05.15.2012

It’s probably only because of its purple color and shiny finish that make it seem gravely luxurious.

  (427) posted on 04.19.2012

I think its paint job has a lot to do with its luxurious charm. Bentley truly is a company that should be known for their elegant automotive.

  (528) posted on 04.16.2012

Maybe Bentley should lower its price. If I were to buy it, I’d have a second choice and stick with Rolls Royce instead.

  (570) posted on 04.16.2012

Won’t Bentley be at a disadvantage because of its unbelievably less pricing?

  (444) posted on 04.13.2012

It deserves to be praised because of its innovative performance! The appearance is somewhat acceptable.

  (306) posted on 03.28.2012

Painting this convertible purple with a glossy finish made its elegance precise. I love how Bentley is catching up to Rolls Royce.

  (449) posted on 03.23.2012

I like the one dressed in purple; the color is pretty nice to its figure. However, I think the price isn’t fair for its feature.

  (401) posted on 03.22.2012

I think it’s too pricey for its own features and specifications. I won’t be surprised if this won’t sell well.

  (453) posted on 03.21.2012

I think its price is already low for its quality! This may not be my type of a car, but it still impressed me.

  (579) posted on 03.20.2012

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.

  (530) posted on 03.6.2012

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.

  (459) posted on 02.27.2012

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.

  (296) posted on 02.16.2012

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

  (428) posted on 02.14.2012

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.

  (474) posted on 02.14.2012

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.

  (531) posted on 02.9.2012

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.

  (776) posted on 02.1.2012

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.

  (473) posted on 01.26.2012

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.

  (441) posted on 01.19.2012

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.

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