Two new Bentley Continental V8 models will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today. The new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 has been placed in the front of the Bentley Continental GT coupé and GTC convertible.

The new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power of 507hp at 6,000 rev/min and a peak torque of 660Nm, which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1,700 to 5,000 rev/min. Combined with a new close-ratio eight-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a 0-60mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds for the GT coupe, 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 188mph or 303km/h.

At the same time, the new V8 Continental models achieve new levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions and are capable of travelling over 500 miles or 800km on a single tank of fuel. The new V8 engine features variable displacement with a sophisticated engine management system, ensuring a transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load.

The high-technology 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.

The new V8 engine will be available in two models; the Continental GT and the Continental GTC. These models are distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and center 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, chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge show the identity of the new V8s.

Both models are specified with 20 inch alloy wheels as standard with an optional 21 inch six-spoke design which is available in 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 center console are part of the theme.

Official photos New Bentley Continental GT V8

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