New Details On Bentley Continental GT V8

The new Bentley Continental GT’s V8 can come with either one or two turbochargers, so it all depends on how fast you want to go.

Autocar is reporting that Bentley buyers, as if they’re not given enough choice in life, will have the honor of selecting between one or two turbochargers on their new Continental’s 4.0-liter V8 with direct injection. Having taken this all in, why would anybody just want one?

The single turbocharged V8 will crank out 415 horsepower, an admirable figure, but nothing compared to the 555 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. So, once again, why get just one? Many believe that this twin-turbo engine will help Bentley in its recent war to get more than 100 horsepower per liter in the new Continental GT and seeing as how it worked; a job well done by the English automaker.

In addition to the V8, Bentley is also offering up the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12. The 2012 GT's W12 boasts 15 more horsepower, at 567, and 37 additional pound-feet of torque with 516, resulting in a 2.5-ton car that moves quite quickly. The V8 version has yet to be tested.

These smaller V8 engines are just a part of Bentley’s plan to add more diversity to the Continental lineup. The base V8 should lower the price of the GT by a considerable margin bringing it the ballpark of the moderately wealthy and we all know how important they are.

“The V8 is our hedge against fuel-price spikes, carbon-dioxide-related legislation and uncertainty in the global supercar market,” says Uli Eichhorn, Bentley's technical director to Autoweek.

With three Continental GT models to choose from, Bentley will have one of the most diversified luxury sports car lineups in the world. This should undoubtedly help sales for the company that is owned by the Volkswagen Group.


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