Crewe, England – Bentley has unveiled two new Continental V8 models at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit: the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible.

The new Bentley V8 delivers 500 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque, with a new, close-ratio eight-speed automatic transmission. An engine management system provides a seamless transition from eight to four cylinders under light load. The new models achieve zero to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and have a top speed of over 290 km/h.

At the same time, the models achieve high levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector, and are capable of travelling over 800 km on a single tank of fuel. The new V8 Continental models fulfill 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 models are distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, red enamel badge and black matrix three-segment lower front bumper, along with unique chromed “figure eight” exhaust tailpipes, dark lower valance and standard 20-inch or optional 21-inch wheels.

The new models will slot in under the flagship 12-cylinder Continental GT and GTC models.

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