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Bentley New Continental GT V8, Different Beat


A GT that drives to a different beat. The clues are there. The dark mesh radiator grille, ringed by bright metal. The aggressive lower bumper with its three air intakes. The dark rear valance, with its twin exhaust tailpipes shaped into an elongated, side-on figure eight. And one further small, but significant detail: a red enamel Bentley winged ‘B’. These are the tell-tale signs of an all-new Bentley, powered by a 4.0 litre V8 engine.

From the distinctive backbeat of its eight cylinders at idling speed to the glorious snarl of full-throttle acceleration, the new V8 offers an exhilarating, involving and passionate route to Bentley Continental ownership. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission transmit its power to the road with unshakable precision. This is a Bentley that can both stir the soul or calm the spirit, according to the mood of the driver or the conditions.

Traditional crafts of wood, leather and knurled metal are expressed in a crisp and modern design language to capture the sporting, youthful spirit of the V8. The symmetrical fascia was inspired by the Bentley winged ‘B’, and features a ‘flying buttress’ centre stack and open illuminated stowage. The shorter centre console creates extra space in the rear, emphasising the sporting feel of the cockpit.

The specially-chosen veneer – Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus – has a clean, straight grained appearance that also gives a spectacular 3D effect. Complementing the sporty, focused design theme, the V8 models are offered with a monotone hide interior in a choice of Beluga, Newmarket Tan, Porpoise or Imperial Blue. A single-minded interior proposition entirely at one with the efficiency of the new V8.

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Summary Specifications:

Manufacturer: Bentley
Model: New Continental GT V8
Category: Limousine
Engine Type: V8
Engine Displacement: 4.0 L
Engine Max Power: 500 HP
Engine Max Torque: 487 LB-FT
Transmission: 8-speed, automatic


Engine Capacity: 3993cc
Max. Power: 500bhp / 507 PS / 373kW @ 6000rpm
Max.Torque: 660Nm, 487 lb-ft @ 1700rpm
Fuel: 98 (95) RON

Driveline and Transmission:

Continuous all-wheel drive
8-speed automatic transmission


Max. Speed: 188mph / 303km/h
Acceleration 0 – 60mph: 4.6 seconds
Acceleration 0 – 100km/h: 4.8 seconds

Fuel Consumption:

Urban: 18.4mpg 15.4 litres/100km
Extra-Urban: 36.7mpg 7.7 litres/100km
Combined: 26.9mpg 10.6 litres/100km
CO2 emissions: 246g/km
City Driving: 15mpg
Highway Driving: 24mpg
Combined: 18mpg

Weights and Volumes:

Kerb Weight: 2295kg 5060 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2750kg 6063 lb
Boot Volume: 358L 12.6cu-ft
Fuel tank capacity: 90L 20.0 Gallons / 24 US Gallons


Overall Length: 4806mm 15ft 9in
Width across mirrors: 2227mm 7ft 3in
Width with folded mirrors: 1943mm 6ft 3in
Overall Height: 1404mm 4ft 7in
Wheel Base: 2746mm 9ft

1. Performance power rating is based on 98 RON fuel
2. Fuel consumption is based on the EU Drive Cycle / EPA Drive Cycle
Source: Bentley Motors.

Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley in 1919 when the first Bentley engine burst into life at New Street Mews, London. From these modest beginnings, W.O’s company went from strength to strength through the 1920s, with an evolving series of acclaimed motor cars and a parade of racing triumphs to prove their outstanding performance. These laurels were capped with five outright victories at Le Mans between 1924 – 1930 and a sixth in 2003.

If we had mission statements in those days, it could not have been expressed more eloquently than in the words of W.O. himself, “To build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. These words are just as relevant today as they continue to inform our beliefs, actions and ambitions for the future. Located in Crewe, England since 1946 and owned since 1998 by Volkswagen AG, Bentley Motors is dedicated to making responsive and powerful Grand Tourers with the stamina to cross continents at pace, and drive in refined comfort and style.



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