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2013 Bentley Continental GT V8: review

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What is it?

The Bentley GT V8 is the green Bentley, if a 500-hp, car can be green. Bentley’s new turbocharged V8 was to achieve a clearly defined reduce fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions, by 40 percent compared the company’s familiar 537-hp That, and still deliver a Bentley is supposed to deliver.

The 500 hp is than some prognosticators when Bentley announced its V8 two ago. The 4.0-liter Bentley has 20 hp less than its Volkswagen sibling in the Audi S8, but 8 lb-ft peak torque. The two direct-injection V8s 90 percent of their parts, block, heads and two turbos twin-scroll impellers wedged the V meaning one air pump for every two

Differences lie in intake and exhaust and electronic management.

In the end, new V8 generates 125 hp per liter. It has just 13 less horsepower and 8 percent torque than the company’s with two-thirds the displacement. dressed, the V8 weighs 110 pounds than the 6.0-liter W12, to an overall mass reduction of 55 in the Continental GT V8.

The engine’s thirst for fuel full throttle is only one in the V8’s overall improvement in economy. Reduced displacement and two cylinders account for 16 percent of the according to project engineer Haycox, which means components contribute the remaining 24

First is a new eight-speed automatic from ZF, which also the six-speed for the W12. The transmission fuel consumption by 8 percent. A mode—enabled by solenoids that the cam lobes on the shafts and eliminate with valves—shuts down cylinders at opportune moments and another 5 percent reduction.

significant elements are the electric power steering (3 percent), an that charges primarily coast down (2 percent), and thermal management that the circulation of coolant and minimizes (1.5 percent).

The result? EPA are still pending, but Bentley a surprising 26 mpg highway an increase of 7 mpg with the W12, or just 40 percent. Yet the Continental GT V8 still from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, according to or just 0.2 second shy of the 12-cylinder, a top speed of 188 mph (compared with 198

The V8’s suspension is tuned to the same effect as that in with the goal of slightly steering response. One key here is the in mass over the GT’s wheels, but we’ll get to that in a

Visually, there are some subtle changes to distinguish the V8 the W12. These start a slightly reshaped front a gloss-black grille and lower air and figure-eight-shaped exhaust tips. The V8 has unique 21-inch wheel and rusty red Bs in the center of the winged logos.

Inside, the center stops at the rear edge of the seats, rather than back and splitting the rear The standard veneer is V8-specific Fiddleback Eucalyptus, so named the same wood is often for the backs of violins.

The Continental GT and GTC convertible V8s will be available in America sometime after 2012. Prices will be at the New York auto show in but Bentley execs say that V8s start at 10 percent to 15 percent than the current W12’s. would put base MSRP for the V8 in the $170,000-to-$175,000 range.

The car will with nearly all bespoke and content options available on Bentleys.

Christoph Georges, Bentley’s in the Americas, said he would no predictions on the mix of V8 and 12-cylinder Continental GTs forward, but he said the V8s will new customers to the brand. Given the prices, the V8 clearly isn’t a play for more volume on part, but it’s not clear who buy it (beyond the Chinese, whose imposes a significant tax increase 4.0-liters). It might give environmentally conscious millionaires to own a Bentley, or an avenue toward socially responsible conspicuous

Inside the Bentley Continental GT V8.

is it like to drive?

Pretty like a 12-cylinder Continental GT, in mode, except that is quite a bit more shifting on. That isn’t a bad thing, the ZF automatic is as smooth as silk, and the V8 as smoothly and vibration-free as Bentleys are to. There is no light or indicator the cylinder deactivation drops pots.

It’s so difficult to that you wonder whether four cylinders ever are shutting down. Bentley has an excellent job of tuning the engine and exhaust to account for the changing and harmonics when the engine to four-cylinder mode.

In general, the V8 acts like an with considerably more It’s just about as satisfying as the W12, with a spigot of acceleration that quickly no matter how fast the GT is going when the gas pedal

In hammering mode, as on a racetrack, two will jump out. The is the sound. At full bore, at about 5,500 rpm, the GT V8 truly bellows. It borders on

Listening as it blasts down a straight, you might think sitting in an empty grandstand at International Speedway during an test.

The other thing notice is how taking a little off the front wheels can pay big dividends. says the GT V8’s weight balances toward 51/49, with 54/46 with the That improvement almost seem like enough to how much less the V8 is inclined to than the W12.

Go too hot into a and the V8’s front tires are less willing to push an apex. They fight to follow the path set by the steering In general the V8’s front end crisper or a hint more

The V8 might also be a bit more powering up the Continental GT’s wheels, even if there is no mechanical explanation for this Get on the gas hard coming out of a corner, and the rear end will happily It’s almost amazing how 2.5-ton machine and its massive react to a skillful throttle

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With its traction electronics the V8 will literally take a balance and drift opposite-lock fast corners, tail if the person in charge is deft with the gas pedal.

It’s not than the W12, but the Continental GT V8 have a sharper edge.

A view of the Bentley Continental GT V8 at

Do I want it?

It depends on what you in your Bentley: the turbine-smooth of the W12 and slightly more conservative or the stand-out rumble of the V8 and significantly fuel economy to impress friends or salve your In a sense, Bentley’s latest joint venture, the Continental GT V8, a slight contradiction. It’s blatantly aggressive than the W12, yet it’s based on a of less conspicuous consumption.

By price point, the Continental GT pegs the top end for daily drivers. much more expensive is to be driven in, or better suited to time and limited road We’d be happy driving the V8 or the but we’d probably choose the V8, if someone else was paying for the

2013 Bentley Continental GT V8

On September

Base Price: (projected)

Layout: Four-passenger, all-wheel-drive coupe and convertible

Drivetrain: 4.0-liter twin turbo V8, 500 hp, 487 lb-ft; eight-speed automatic; variable all-wheel

Curb Weight: 5,060 lb

0-60 mph, 4.6 sec; 188 mph top (mfr)

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