Bentley today unveiled its new Continental V8 range powered by the new 4.0-liter V8 engine. The new engine will power both the Continental GT coupe and its GTC convertible sibling. Wolfgang Durheimer, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors , said: “With the new 4.0-liter V8 engine we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals. The new engine will have all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic ‘wave of torque’. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions.”

The new twin-turbocharged V8 engine is directed to all four wheels via a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic gearbox and an AWD system with a Torsen differential and a 40:60 front/rear torque split.

The Bentley Continental V8 accelerates to 0-62 mph in less than 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed in excess of 180 mph. The new V8 features a high-pressure direct injection system, low friction bearings, thermal management and energy recovery via the charging system. According to the company, the placing of the two turbochargers within the engines’ banks ensures greater efficiency.

The new engine will be released in early 2012 and Bentley Motors claims “outstanding levels of fuel efficiency for the luxury performance sector” and a 40% improvement over previous versions. The V8 GT and GTC are recognizable by the black gloss matrix grille with a chrome frame and center bar, the red enamel Bentley badge and the black matrix lower front bumper that is divided by three colored strakes.

Both the coupe and the convertible come with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard and 21-inch six-spoke, in Diamond Black or Diamond Silver.

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