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Bentley builds a V8 Continental for those who can’t afford a real engine

Bentley is adding a new engine to its wonderful Continental lineup—the W12 will no longer be the sole choice for shoppers.

Both the Continental GT and the Convertible will receive a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that makes 542 horsepower and 567 lb.-ft. of torque.

That’s about 84 fewer horsepower, and 96 fewer lb.-ft. of torque, than the W12.

Somehow, performance hasn’t changed all that much. The zero-to-96 km/h sprint only takes 0.3 more seconds, but 200 miles per hour (321 km/h) is no longer an option, with the top speed now only 198 (318 km/h).

The new engine features a few gadgets, including cylinder deactivation, which can provide a better range on a full tank of gas, important for a grand touring machine.

An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels, which are 20-inch 10-spoke alloys, by the way, specific to V8-powered cars. Other features include unique “V8” badges (obviously); quad exhaust tips; as well as the ability to customize almost every aspect to the customer’s specific tastes.

While the V8 is unsurprisingly less powerful and therefore slower, that doesn’t mean there are no advantages to the engine besides better fuel efficiency and a lower price. Bentley also says V8 Continentals will have better handling, most likely due to the lower weight sitting in front of the driver.

North America is going to get the thundering luxury car before anybody else (yay!) starting later in 2019; other markets such as the U.K. and Europe will receive the car in the early months of 2020. Pricing starts at US$203,825 for the coupe; and US$223,675 for the convertible.


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