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Detroit 2012: Bentley Continental V8

  • Bentley Continental V8 at Detroit motor show 2012
  • Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible models
  • On sale early 2012
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Bentleys new Continental V8 models make their debut at the Detroit motor show 2012.

The new versions of the Bentley Continental GT coupe and recently launched Continental GTC convertible have a 500bhp, twin-turbo 4.0-litre engine.

Weve already driven the new GT coupe.

Both the GT coupe and GTC convertible have an eight-speed automatic gearbox and use variable displacement technology, where four of the eight cylinders shut down under light throttle pressure, to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Bentley quotes a 530-mile range for the GT coupe and CO2 emissions of 246g/km. The V8 versions are 40% more economical and emit 40% less CO2, compared with the Continental 6.0 W12 models.

Visual changes for the V8 cars include bespoke interior and exterior trim.

Prices are yet to be announced, but wed expect them to significantly undercut those of W12 versions. The Continental V8 models go on sale in early 2012.

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