Bentley will unveil the new Continental GT V8 models, Coupe and GTC convertible, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 2012. The new Bentley 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine produces maximum power output of 500 bhp (373 kW) at 6000 rev/min and peak torque of 660 Nm (487 lb.-ft.) at the range of 1700 to 5000 rev/min. Combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a sub-5 second acceleration time for the 0-60 mph (0-100km/h) sprint and a top speed of over 180mph (290km/h).
The new V8 engine features high pressure direct-injection, low friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation via the charging system and innovative turbo charger packaging.
The Bentley Continental GT and GTC v8 models are characterized by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-coloured strakes. The rear of the car is highlighted with unique chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge. The new models sits on standard 20-inch alloy wheels and an optional 21-inch six-spoke with diamond black or diamond silver finishes.
At the interior, the Continental GT V8 offers an Eliade cloth headlining, new contemporary Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneers, optional two-tone leather colour split. Both Bentley Continental GT and GTC models will be offered under the 6.0 litre, 12-cylinder engine and features all-wheel drive system employing an advanced Torsen differential and a 40:60 rear biased power split.