If the W12-engined models are too much to handle and own, these Bentley Continental GT V8 models instantly solve that problem. They offer more range as well.
Bentley has launched two new models of the new-generation Bentley Continental GT, which are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 petrol unit. Named the Bentley Continental GT V8 (that says it all), the grand tourer will be available in both coupe and convertible variants.
The third-gen V8 models are obviously more powerful than their predecessors which used to belt out 500 hp of power and 487 lb-ft of torque. They are faster and quicker too with 60 mph from a standstill taking 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. The range is better than the W12 models, ensuring that fuel stops are reduced to one every 500 miles. That’s great news for those buyers who actually take the Continental GT cars for some serious mile-munching across the map.
Bentley has also thought about fuel efficiency and the polar bears, by deactivating 4 cylinders when the driver isn’t in a spirited driving mood. That saves fuel and that keeps the Arctic ice intact, without compromising the driving experience or the unique burbling exhaust note which comes out through those quad exhaust pipes at the back.
Making the deal better is the manufacturer’s decision to equip the Bentley Continental GT V8 with features and driving aids which add to the Grand Tourer character of the car.
The exquisitely-handcrafted interior which offers unparalleled luxury and cutting-edge technology comes decked up in wood, leather, and gadgets to make the grand touring experience more enjoyable. The seats are twenty-way adjustable and the interior gets a monotone color split as standard, with four more options available on the rack, complete with contrast stitching, piping, and hand cross stitch. As for the veneer, New Crown Cut Walnut is the standard fare. But Bentley would be more than happy to replace it with a variety of veneers from the brochure.
US deliveries of the Bentley Continental GT V8 models will begin in the third quarter of 2019 while the rest of the world must wait until the first quarter of 2020.