Bentley unveils Continental GT V8 S at 2014 Qatar Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on January 20, 2014

Bentley Motors has unveiled the Continental GT V8 S at the Qatar Motor Show. The new model -- building on the V8 platform for enhance performance and a sportier look – will be sold in the Middle East starting April 2014. The launch Continental GT V8 S came a day after Al Wajba Motors, the sole distributor for Bentley in Qatar, announced the opening of its new Bentley showroom in Doha.

“Bentley has enjoyed remarkable success across the Middle East in recent years and the region is one of our most valued global markets,” remarked Kevin Rose, member of the Board for Sales, Marketing, Aftersales.

“The Continental GT V8 S is an exciting addition to the Bentley range and we are confident it will be a favorite amongst drivers in the region with its sportier stance and enhanced performance.”

Continental GT V8 S could be availed in either coupe or convertible forms, and is powered by an uprated version of Bentley’s twin-turbo, 4.0-liter engine that provides up to 521 bhp (528 PS/ 389 kW) of output and 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) of torque.

The Continental GT V8 S also features suspension modifications and new exterior and interior features. The Continental GT V8 S has lowered suspension and lower-body styling that entails a sharp front splitter, discrete side sills and a subtle rear diffuser finished in Beluga gloss. Continental GT V8 S touts of the signature 20-inch wheels with distinctive, red-painted brake calipers. 

Subtle “V8 S” badges are featured on each front fender, with the famous Bentley Wings badges touting a red center. Also exhibited at the Qatar Motor Show was a favorite among Middle East customers, the Mulsanne flagship model. The Mulsanne is considered as the purest example of a Grand Touring Bentley, as it merges coach-built elegance and hand crafted luxury with power and sportiness.

To complement both the power and performance of the new Continental GT V8 S models, Bentley has implemented an array of chassis enhancements. This allowed the new GT V8 S to offer greater levels of agility and driving experience that doesn’t compromise the Continental's already legendary ride comfort.

Just like other Continental models, the new GT V8 S sits in an aluminum double-wishbone suspension on the front and a trapezoidal multi-link self-leveling air suspension -- with continuous damping control – on the rear.

However, the GT V8 S is provided with a more sporting setup and tuning. For instance, the GT V8 S is closer to the ground by 10 mm, thanks to its sports suspension. Moreover, the spring rates on the front and rear have been increased by 45 percent and 33 percent, respectively. In addition, the GT V8 S features revised damping to deliver a more engaging and responsive drive.

Compared to standard GT V8 models, the GT V8 S has stiffer bush (by 70 percent) and stiffer rear anti-roll bar (by 54 percent), resulting to better body control and turn-in. In addition, Bentley recalibrated the steering system by implementing changes to static toe and camber and installing new software – resulting a more precise and more responsive steering.

In addition, Bentley recalibrated the Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system to ensure improved handling performance doesn’t significantly compromise ride comfort. Furthermore, Bentley optimized Electronic Stability Control of the new GT V8 S, now allowing increased wheel slip at higher speeds. Restoration of engine torque is now also quicker following a system intervention. The retuned Electronic Stability Control gives drivers more opportunity to completely take advantage of the increased power and uprated chassis.

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