|British luxury car makers Bentley turned up the heat at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show with the world premiere of its latest Continental GT V8 S in Coupe and Convertible versions, the 4-door Flying Spur and the flagship Mulsanne.|
Bentley Continental GT V8 S: Sharper & subtle touches that make it more desirable
In looks, the Bentley Continental GT V8 S remains ever true to its original form, although sharper and stylish touches are added to the mix for the latest rendition. A package of lower-body styling features accents the purposeful stance offered by the lowered suspension through an aerodynamic front splitter, discrete side sills and elegant rear diffuser, all finished in Beluga gloss black. New signature 20-inch wheels are exclusive to the V8 S models, and feature an open-spoke design that provides a clear view of red-painted brake calipers.
“V8 S” fender badges complete the understated but sporting appearance. The visual appeal of the new car is matched by a stunning V8 exhaust note that can be amplified further with an optional new sports exhaust.
The new Bentley GT V8 S boasts an uprated version of the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter engine that now develops 521 bhp (528 PS) and 680 Nm of torque together with careful suspension modifications and a selection of new exterior and interior features. An 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and Bentley all-wheel drive system with 40:60 rear-biased torque split ensures effortless delivery of the increased power, providing exhilarating yet smooth performance.
The GT V8 S coupe sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.5s and onto a top speed of 309 km/h. The performance of the GT V8 S convertible is equally impressive, reaching 0-100km/h in 4.7s and a top speed of 308km/h. This increased performance is not at the cost of the efficient engine’s fuel economy capabilities, with both coupe and convertible able to cover over 805 km on a single tank of fuel.
Bentley Continental GT V8 S: A Suite of enhancements for the sportiest of Bentleys
A suite of enhancements to the Continental’s chassis provide greater agility and body control to match the engine’s higher output, whilst maintaining the car’s renowned ride comfort and refinement. A more sporting setup sees ride height lowered by 10 mm front and rear while spring rates, bushes and the rear anti-roll bar are stiffened. Re-calibrated damping, steering and ESC complete the package for an exhilarating and involving driving experience.
Inside, the cabin of the V8 S models presents a thoroughly modern interpretation of Bentley luxury. Available with a range of striking duo-tone interiors, customers select interior trim from the full range of seventeen hide colors. The GT V8 S coupe also features a unique contrast center stripe for the hide-trimmed roof lining, matched to the color of the main hide. Knurled chrome detailing to the gearshift lever and ventilation controls provides a perfect contrast to Piano Black veneers, while discreet “V8 S” badges are displayed on each sill tread plate.
The new GT V8 S coupe and convertible arrive in Bentley dealerships from early 2014.