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Detroit Update - Bentley Introduces More Efficient V-8 Continental GT

Benjamin Hunting
by Benjamin Hunting
January 13, 2012

Bentley's presence at the North American International Auto Show was designed to draw attention to its new take on the Bentley Continental GT uber-luxury sports coupes. The 2012 Bentley Continental GT V-8 now offers a new eight-cylinder engine that the British brand touts as offering a high level of output while introducing a new, more economical element that had been absent from past editions of the car.

The 2012 Bentley Continental GT V-8 and Continental GTC V-8 are motivated by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that generates a stout 500 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends that power to all four wheels via the coupe's standard all-wheel drive system, and Bentley's very European claim that the big cruiser can "cross countries on a single tank" of fuel indicates a 500 km plus range for the Continental GT. The engine's enhanced fuel economy is made possible via a cylinder deactivation system that can cut the V-8 motor to a four-cylinder unit when cruising.

Corporate parent Volkswagen had a significant hand in the development of this engine by way of Audi, where a direct link can be made between the 4.0-liter V-8 and the 4.2-liter motor commonly found across the premium car company's lineup. The vehicle's 6.0-liter W-12 engine is still available as an option with the super luxury car, and this mill provides 567 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque to help better define the top tier edition of the car.


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