As previously announced the 2012 Bentley Continental GT will be offered with an all-new 4.0-liter V8 engine starting late 2011. What you may not know is how this new engine will come about. Turns out, Bentley will be developing the V8 with a little help from Audi leaving them fully capable of utilizing this engine for a number of high performance Audi models.

The new 4.0-liter direct-injection engine will come with better fuel consumption and emissions; somewhere around 40% below that of the W12 unit in the car. "We are adapting it four our purposes so that it delivers Bentley driving characteristics [lots of low-to-mid-range torque]," says Brian Gush, Bentley’s director of chassis and powertrain. He would not say whether it is turbocharged, but added: "It does not have a conventional layout."

The current 6.0 liter W12 engine delivers a total of 567 HP and 700 NM of torque. It sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and pushes it to a top speed of 198 mph.


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  (534) posted on 11.15.2010

This would certainly kill several birds with one stone and bring true racing tech to wealthy clients who also want something that is easier on the environment than the current alternative.

  (515) posted on 11.8.2010

GM burned a lot of fuel and only 2 engine choices, but no well handling cars (cars you actually could sell somewhere).
you have pretty much only straight roads, so anything with 4 wheels that goes fast is fine for you, but that’s not the case in Europe.

  (221) posted on 11.5.2010

Has a ultra-luxury marque ever had such bland tail lights as current Bentley? At least the illumination is slightly interesting. Personally, I8 the idea of cars that weigh as much as Suburbans.

  (216) posted on 10.11.2010

While I am in favor of increasing fuel efficiency, I really don’t think a hybrid powertrain is appropriate in a car like this. This move doesn’t come across to me as adding any real value to the car. On the contrary, I see it as diluting the brand’s heritage and tarnishing its image. Bentley is just hopping on the hybrid-hype bandwagon, and using emissions requirements as a lame excuse for doing so. They’re taking an exotic dream car, and turning it into a Prius wannabe.

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