The Bentley V-8 is an intelligent piece of engineering in other ways as well; the engine incorporates cylinder deactivation that calls on just half of the retinue during times of reduced need for speed. This explains why the big coupe’s fuel consumption is so grim in urban settings and just half that in the great wide open.
The new Bentley Continental GT V8, its handlers profess, is the sum total of a series of nips, tucks and bumps in performance. This continual improvement movement has served to make the manufacturer’s top-selling model an even more desirable and refined way to experience spirited driving.
There are eight versions of the new Continental GT available, four coupes, four convertibles. The versions are further separated by what lies beneath the, ahem, bonnet – a V-8 engine in two states of tune engine, which is also calibrated in two different ways.
Both the Continental GT V8 and V8 S are powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre engine comprised of, you guessed it, eight cylinders in a vee configuration. In the base V8, the engine develops 500 hp; in the V8 S, that number ascends to 521 hp
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