Bentley has announced a more powerful "S" version of the Continental GT V8 packing an extra 21 bhp (16 kW).

Bentley launched in January 2012 at NAIAS in Detroit the Continental GT V8 featuring an eight-cylinder twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine outputting 500 bhp (373 kW) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft). Now, an "S" version is on its way to IAA and will bring a minor power hike of 21 bhp (16 kW) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft), bringing the total to 521 bhp (389 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) at 1,700 rpm.

This power gain enables the Bentley Continental GT V8 S Coupe to run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.5 seconds which makes it 0.3s quicker than the normal model, while top speed has increased from 188 mph (303 km/h) to 192 mph (309 km/h). The Convertible hits 62 mph in 4.7s and will keep on accelerating until the speedometer reads 191 mph (308 km/h).

Despite the additional power hike, the coupe will still cover more than 500 miles (805 km) before running out of juice, translating into a combined fuel economy of 26.8 mpg UK (22.3 mpg US or 10.5 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 246 g/km. The Convertible will do 25.9 mpg UK (21.5 mpg US or 10.9 liters / 100 km) emitting 254 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Aside from the power boost, the S version comes with a 10mm lowered ride height, 45-percent front / 33-percent rear stiffened spring rates, updated dampers, tweaked stability control system and a stiffer rear sway bar to provide a more active handling experience. Both front and rear fascias have received a minor nip and tuck, along with a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels.


Gallery: Bentley Continental GT V8 S revealed with 521 bhp [videos added]

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