Bentley Continental GT V8 Coupe makes its public debut at the Auto China 2012

Article by Christian A., on April 24, 2012

The official debut of the new Bentley Continental GT V8 coupe will take place at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Outstanding levels of power and emissions are achieved by the new 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged Continental GT V8, and its convertible counterpart the Continental GTC V8.

This notable new Bentley V8 engine offers maximum power of 500 bhp (507 PS / 373 Kw) at 6000 rev/min and an amazing peak torque of 660 Nm (487 lb ft) which is offered throughout the rev range from 1700 to 5000 rev/min, offering terrific performance and smooth power delivery in the Bentley tradition. It is mated to a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission. This results to a zero to 60mph acceleration rate of 4.6 seconds for the GT coupe and a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h).

It could also accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. In addition, the new V8 Continental models can attain excellent levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector. They can be driven more than 500 miles (800 km) on one tank of fuel. These new V8 Continental models are in line with Bentley’s environmental commitment to create a new powertrain that offers a 40% improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. The new V8 engine offers variable displacement with a very advanced engine management system to guarantee a harmonious and imperceptible transition from V8 to V4 mode under a light throttle load.

The features of this very sophisticated V8 include high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation through the charging system, and new turbo charger packaging for more efficiency. What makes the new 4.0 litre V8 engine different from other Bentley engines is its highly distinctive growl. The two new Continental V8 models show their strong, muscular quality and are recognizable by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, as well as a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper split by body-colored strakes.

Ever since Bentley released the first-ever Continental GT back in 2003, this W12-engine lineup has only become stronger over time. It is estimated that at least 50,000 units have been sold around the world. This model is manufactured at the brand’s facility located in Crewe, England. This same factory is the largest manufacturer of 12-cylinder engines worldwide.

With the new models, the story of the W12 that started years ago not only continues but remains to be the best expression when it comes to the engineering strength of the brand. For the Continental GT and Continental GTC, both of which are equipped with the 12-cylinder 6.0-liter engine, the brand revealed that two new models will be released.

With a twin-turbocharged W12 engine capable of delivering output at 631 bhp (640 PS), this mix of power and smooth refinement is sure to excite many customers. Not only will the two new models have more powerful engines, they will also have the advanced all-wheel drive system with the hi-tech Torsen differential and the rear biased 40:60 power split.

Though this, safety is guaranteed while dynamic handling, similar to a sports car, is ensured no matter what the road condition may be. Regarding the release of the new Continental GT V8 models, Bentley Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Wolfgang Dürheimer revealed that through the 4.0-liter V8 engine, the brand hopes that by offering an entirely new driving experience, it can increase the appeal of the newest generation of the Continental.

With this engine, he added, it will have the performance and power customers expect from a model with a Bentley badge fitted with a V8 engine. It will also be able to deliver that brand’s well-known “wave of torque, he continued. Dürheimer said further that complementing all of these is the advanced powertrain technology that can offer excellent fuel efficiency and even more remarkable emissions.

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