Bentley unveiled today, ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the new Continental GT V8 S and GTC V8 S models. As expected, both models are powered by the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine developing 521 bhp (389 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque.
The 2014 Continental GT V8 S is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h), while the GTC V8 S hits the same speed in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 191 mph or 308 km/h. Despite the increased performance, the GT V8 S is able to cover more than 500 miles (805 km) on a single tank of fuel. The new GT V8 S coupe returns a combined cycle fuel economy of 26.8 mpg (10.6 l/100km) and CO2 emissions of 246 g/km.
The equivalent figures for the convertible are 25.9 mpg (10.9 l/100km) and 254 g/km. The 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S also comes with a lowered sports suspension (by 10 mm), complemented by increased spring rates (45% front, 33% rear) and revised damping for a more engaging and responsive drive. Bush stiffnesses are increased by up to 70%, while the rear anti-roll bar is stiffened by 54% over the standard GT V8 models for improved body control and turn-in.
In terms of design, we find lower-body styling such as a sharp front splitter, side sills and a subtle rear diffuser finished in Beluga gloss. Moreover, the Continental GT V8 S features black gloss radiator grille with single chrome divider bar and 'figure of eight' exhaust tail pipes instantly signify the powerful V8 engine.
The 20-inch wheels are unique to the S models and have an open-spoke design. Besides the 17 exterior colours, the GT V8 S models also get two new ones: Kingfisher Blue and the new Monaco Yellow. Inside, we find discreet V8 S badges on each sill tread plate and a full range of seventeen colours. [source: Bentley]