From the glorious roar as it explodes into life to the rich purr emitted at rest by its charismatic 4.0 litre V8 engine, the sporty new Continental GT V8 S comes with an agility you'll feel around every hairpin.
The new front bumper incorporates an inverted aerofoil-like design, instantly evoking the passion and drama of the racetrack, while a new and innovative lip-style spoiler adorns the rear, providing greater bite in every turn. To herald these changes, a dynamic and newly designed Bentley 'B' fender vent is located behind each front wheel.
Inside, a redesigned twin-spoke steering wheel with paddle-shift gear selectors creates a more intense handling experience. While, the ﬂowing lines of straight-ﬂute upholstery tightly wrap the seats, conveying purposeful movement, even when the car is still.
The Continental GT V8 S has Beluga lower body styling and 20" wheels, which create a clear statement of intent. A recalibrated engine, revised stability control and an uprated chassis complete the picture, delivering the kind of thrilling drive you expect from a sports car with Bentley's racing DNA.
With enough space inside to comfortably seat four adults and a boot that can accommodate all of your luggage, the Continental GT V8 S remains the definitive British grand tourer. But it's the fearsome combination of limitless power and exhilarating handling of this luxury coupé that gives it the edge.
Even before the engine bursts into life, the distinctive styling makes a single-minded statement. The Beluga gloss Lower Body Styling Specification and a 10mm lower ride height add sleek, sporty lines to the Continental's famously muscular stance. The front face and rear spoiler are complemented by new, all-bright fender vents, classically positioned behind the front wheels.
The dramatic look is completed by exclusive 20" open-spoke wheels and red painted brake callipers not to mention the striking gloss black radiator grille.
The new option of dark tint front & rear lamps adds further visual impact whilst the (also-new) optional Beluga gloss door mirrors complement the finish of the Lower Body Styling Specification perfectly when specified on lighter shades of exterior finish.
The interior cabin of the new Continental GT V8 S combines carefully selected leather hides and smooth metal surfaces to deliver a seductive blend of luxury and steely modernism - all beautifully lit by low energy, LED lights. The exquisite leather strikes a perfect balance with the knurled chrome details and the Piano Black veneer, lacquered and sanded up to eighteen times to produce a truly flawless finish. Speed is vital in a grand tourer. But when it comes to the Continental GT V8 S, style matters just as much.
All Bentley wood veneers are cured for 72 hours and treated with five layers of clear lacquer by hand, to achieve a luxurious finish without compromising the natural beauty of the grain. The Continental GT V8 S features Piano Black veneer as standard, but there is also a range of other ethically sourced veneers to choose from, alongside the more technical look that can be achieved with Carbon Fibre or Bright Tint Aluminium.
Beneath the bonnet of the new Continental GT V8 S beats a monstrous heart: a 4 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with the power to generate 521 bhp (389 kW / 528 PS @ 6,000 rpm). At 1700 RPM the GT V8 S generates 680 Nm of torque – even more than the 660 Nm achieved by its sibling, the GT V8. From a standing start the GT V8 S will reach 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds, before climbing all the way to its top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h).
Variable displacement, in which four of the eight cylinders switch off at gentler throttle openings, reduces fuel consumption and cuts both frictional and gas transfer losses. When more power is required, the engine switches back automatically from four cylinders to the full eight. The result is an unforgettable driving experience- nothing captures the spirit of spontaneous adventure like the Continental GT V8 S.
Lowered sports suspension (by 10mm), revised damping with increased spring and bush rates (front and rear) and uprated anti-roll bars all combine to improve agility, body control and cornering, while the recalibrated steering provides enhanced feedback and feel.
The Lower Body Styling Specification features – front splitter, side sills and a rear diffuser – improve the car's aerodynamics by reducing front-end lift, providing even greater stability at higher road speeds.
Despite its muscular powerplant, the Continental GT V8 S is remarkably efficient: CO2 emissions are a mere 246 g/km, due in no small part to the use of variable displacement. At less aggressive throttle openings, the engine switches off four of its eight cylinders, so they only act as gas springs. this delivers two benefits: the four operative cylinders are more efficient, while frictional and gas transfer losses throughout the engine are greatly reduced. As soon as the car accelerates, the other four cylinders switch back on, giving more power the moment it is needed.
The Continental GT V8 S is remarkably efficient, due in no small part to the use of variable displacement. At less aggressive throttle openings, the engine switches off four of its eight cylinders, so they only act as gas springs. This delivers two benefits: the four operative cylinders are more efficient, while frictional and gas transfer losses throughout the engine are greatly reduced.
As soon as the car accelerates, the other four cylinders switch back on, giving more power the moment it is needed. Switchable hydraulic engine mounts change to a 'soft' state while the car is idling to improve isolation from vibration, yet instantly switch back to a 'hard' state when the car is driven more dynamically to reduce roll and improve performance.
A 32-bit TriCore™ microprocessor sits at the heart of the engine management system, ensuring that all of these mode.
The Continental GT V8 S is a 21st Century Grand Tourer. The 8" touch screen in the centre console controls an integrated information and entertainment system. A 30 GB hard drive provides quick access to mapping data and the option of landscape imagery*, alongside live traffic data and online access for point-of-interest searches.
The new Continental GT V8 S has telephone control with Bluetooth wireless connectivity as standard and WiFi as an option for optimum in-car connectivity.
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