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.
Already displaying performance and power, the new GT V8 S models have received a wide range of improvements done on the chassis. This results in the models being able to offer better agility and at the same time, provide a driving experience that is more involved. In addition, it delivers this without sacrificing any of the ride comfort Continental is famous for.
As a Continental model, the GT V8 S continues to have the double-wishbone aluminum suspension in the front. That said, it also has the multi-link trapezoidal self-leveling air suspension in the rear, one having continuous damping control. Further, this new model offers a more athletic configuration though the Convertible and Coupe versions have slightly different tunes.
Thus, while the sports suspension was lowered by 10 mm, this is countered by an increase in the spring rate of 45% for the front and 33% for the rear. Damping was revised as well in order to have a drive that was not only more responsive but even more engaging. Compared to the usual GT V8 models, the bush stiffness of the new GT V8 S was increased by 70% with the anti-roll bar in the rear stiffened as well but by 54%.
This allows the model to experience enhanced turn-in and body control. Rounding off this new chassis system is steering that has been recalibrated. As such, both feedback and precision are enhanced mainly due to the modifications done on the static toe and camber as well as due to putting in new software. The company also did a thorough recalibration of what is known as Continuous Damping Control system or CDC.
This ensures that while handling performance is increased, reduction in the ride comfort is minimized. Optimized as well for this new model is the Electronic Stability Control. By retuning this system, the wheel slip is increased when running at higher speeds. In addition, this change allows the engine torque to be restored faster especially once the system intervenes. Energetic drivers get a better chance to exploit the maximum potential offered by the increased power and the enhanced chassis.