June 12, 2002
New Bentley GT coupe to feature 500 horsepower W12 engine
Crewe, England – Bentley Motors announced that its new four passenger GT coupe will offer a 6 litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine with more than 500 horsepower. Bentley said the engine’s torque peak will remain a surprise, but that it will be “more than adequate for the job.” The engine is derived from Volkswagen’s W12 engine but was “designed and developed by Bentley”, and will be built at the Bentley plant in Crewe, England.
The GT coupe will have a new, paddle-operated six speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive – a first in Bentley’s history. Electronic Stability Control will also be standard.
The GT coupe is expected to reach 60 mph in under five seconds and offer a maximum speed in excess of 290 km/h (180 mph).
The car’s fully independent suspension system will feature double wishbones at the front and a multi-link rear suspension – in addition to electronic damping.
Prototypes are now undergoing evaluation and durability testing “in some of the most inhospitable regions on the planet.” “From the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle to the life-threatening heat of the hottest deserts on earth, GT coupes are being subjected to challenges they could never conceivably face in a customer’s hand. The result will be one of the quickest, most thoroughly developed and advanced cars ever offered for sale to the general public by a car manufacturer,” says a Bentley press release.