Bentley will use the 2012 Detroit Auto Show to unveil their latest model. The 2013 Bentley Contintental GT & GTC V8 engine will slot into their line-up below the flagship 6.0 litre W12 GT & GTC models.
It delivers maximum power of 500bhp (507 PS / 373 kW) at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 660Nm (487 lb ft). Coupled with the a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission and its new all-wheel drive system, the new V8 models can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in under 5 seconds and has a top speed of 180mph (290kph).
The 4.0 liter direct injection twin-turbo engine also comes with an impressive variable displacement engine management system which can transition the V8 down to a V4 mode under light throttle load.
No official details have been released on fuel economy and emission figures, but Bentley informs us there is a 40 percent reduction compared to the W12 model.
Exterior stylings distinguishing the V8 models include glossy black grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black mesh three-segment front bumper fascia. At the rear, there are chrome ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge.
Interior alsos receives some changes in the form of Eliade cloth headlining, Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneers, optional two-tone leather and short center console.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors commented on the launch of the new V8 models. "With the new 4.0 litre V8 engine we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience. The new engine will have all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic ‘wave of torque'. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions."
You can hear the bite of the new engine in the promotional video below.