Bentley’s footballer vehicle, the Continental GT, might be getting a few upgrades from its new sister company. The company might equip the new V8 with Audi’s dual-clutch S Tronic transmission. Testing is currently underway to see how well the transmission works in the V8 GT.

The biggest challenger facing engineers is the underbody of the vehicle. The six-speed ZF gearbox is a different shape than the S Tronic, meaning the underbody of the GT will need to be reworked. Still, the benefits of having such a transmission are numerous, such as a better driving experience that could help Bentley market the GT to a more sporting audience.

“The V8 will find a new audience for us. There are sports car enthusiasts out there, particularly in the US, who won’t buy a sports car unless it’s powered by a V8,” says Bentley’s new sales and marketing boss Alasdair Stewart to Autocar.

The price of the V8 is likely to be set below the W12 and it will go on sale in early 2012.

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Source: Autocar

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  (474) posted on 07.29.2011

Bentley is a luxurious vehicle, aside for the elegance it’s a good thing as well that they have offered a newer engine for the continental GT. Audi built a high speed performing vehicle so I bet it will make the Continental GT more powerful.

  (429) posted on 07.29.2011

Admittedly, the Continental GT is the only vehicle from the Bentley that has an impressive speed performance aside for its sporty and aggressive styling. BTW, I wonder why they are using the engine from the Audi?

  (570) posted on 06.8.2011

Typically, Bentley is a luxury car and yet they have built a powerful sportscar. And I have to admit that its production has been quite successful. I wonder when are they going to find a successor of this model.

  (555) posted on 06.8.2011

hmm. Does it mean that they will be offering a new engine for this car? So, what does the w12 engine varies to V technology? However, I wonder if this car can produced around 1000 hp since its GT car.

  (762) posted on 05.30.2011

I think this concept has been released now. And I do admit that the car has an impressive speed and it could run just like a Mclaren!

  (600) posted on 05.30.2011

Are they planning to use the engine of the Audi in the Continental GT? hmm.
I think it would be better if they are going to come up with their own and high technology engine!

  (442) posted on 10.20.2010

But IMHO, Audi’s design are all look good and clean.

  (544) posted on 10.13.2010

Finally, an Audi convertible that’s actually good looking..

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