Beijing. China – The new Bentley Continental GT V8 coupe will make its official public debut at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.
The new 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged Continental GT V8, and its convertible counterpart the Continental GTC V8, are set to achieve high standards for power-to-emissions in the high luxury sports car sector.
The new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power of 500 bhp at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 487 lb ft which is available from 1700 to 5000 rpm. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds for the GT coupe (0‑100 km/h in 4.8 seconds) and a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h).
The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfils Bentley’s environmental commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
The new V8 engine features variable displacement with an engine management system that transitions from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load.
The V8 also features high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation via the charging system, and innovative turbo charger packaging for greater efficiency.
Both new Continental V8 models are distinguished 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.
At the rear, unique chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge emphasise the sporty, contemporary identity of the new V8s. The new Continental V8 models can be specified with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard or an optional 21‑inch six-spoke design which is available in dramatic Diamond Black (exclusive to the Continental V8) or Diamond Silver finishes.
Inside the cabin, an Eliade cloth headlining, new contemporary Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneers, optional two-tone leather colour split and short centre console continue the fresh, sporting design theme.
The new Continental GTC V8 model will be offered beneath the flagship 6.0 litre, 12‑cylinder engined GTC.
Both Continental V8 models feature an all-wheel drive system employing an advanced Torsen differential and a 40:60 rear biased power split. This ensures safe yet dynamic sports car handling in all road conditions.
Since the launch of the original GT in 2003, the W12-engined Continental range has achieved 50,000 sales worldwide, making Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England, the largest producer of 12 cylinder engines in the world.
New Continental GT and GTC V8
|GT V8||GTC V8|
|Engine||4-litre twin turbocharged V8||4-litre twin turbocharged V8|
|Power||500 bhp / 373 kW / 507 PS @ 6000 rpm||500 bhp / 373 kW / 507 PS @ 6000 rpm|
|Torque||660 Nm / 487 lb/ft @ 1700 rpm||660 Nm / 487 lb/ft @ 1700 rpm|
|Driveline||All-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)||All-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic with paddleshift||8-speed automatic with paddleshift|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||4.6 secs||4.7 sec|
|0-100 km/h||4.8 secs||5.0 sec|
|Max. Speed||188 mph (303 km/h)||187 mph (301 km/h)|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION EU DRIVE CYCLE|
|Urban||18.4 mpg / 15.4 l/100km||17.9 mpg / 15.8 l/100km|
|Extra-Urban||36.7 mpg / 7.7 l/100km||35.3 / 8.0 l/100km|
|Combined||26.7 mpg / 10.5 1/100km/||25.9 mpg / 10.9 l/100km|
|CO2 emissions (combined)||246 g/km||254 g/km|
|EPA DRIVE CYCLE|
|City Driving||Awaiting Certification||Awaiting Certification|
|Highway Driving||Awaiting Certification||Awaiting Certification|
|Combined||Awaiting Certification||Awaiting Certification|
|WEIGHTS AND VOLUMES|
|Kerb Weight||2295 kg||2470 kg|
|Unladen Weight||2295 kg / 5060 lb||2470 kg / 5445 lb|
|Gross Weight||2750 kg / 6063 lb||2900 kg / 6393 lb|
|Fuel Tank||90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 USg||90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 USg|
|Boot Volume||358 litres / 12.6 cu.ft||260 litres / 9.1 cu.ft|
|Overall Length||4806 mm / 15 ft 9 in||4806 mm / 15 ft 9 in|
|Width across mirrors||2227 mm / 7ft 3 in||2227 mm / 7ft 3 in|
|Wheelbase||2746 mm / 9ft 0 in||2746 mm / 9ft 0 in|
|Overall Height||1404 mm / 4ft 7 in||1403 mm / 4ft 7 in|
|Wheel size||20″ or optional 21″||20″ or optional 21″|