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Bentley V8 coupe stuns in China

2012-04-23 11:39

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The new Bentley Continental GT V8 coupe will make its official public debut at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The British automaker will reveal its four-litre, twin-turbo Continental GT V8 and its convertible counterpart the Continental GTC V8 in front of thousands in China.

Since the launch of the original GT in 2003, 50 000 W12-engined Continentals have been sold. Now, in 2012, the new model range receives a new engine as well as interior and exterior style updates.

B-BADGE UPDATE

Under the bonnet, the new V8 is capable of 373kW at 6000rpm and an awesome amount of torque at 660Nm from 1700-5000rpm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed auto and is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 303km/h.

The powertrain sees a 40% improvement in fuel efficiency (10.5 litres/100km) and CO2 emissions (246 g/km).

The new Continental V8 models are distinguished by a gloss black grille, chromed highlights and a red enamel Bentley badge.

At the rear, the new model sports chromed "figure eight" tail pipes and a red enamel B-badge on the bootlid. The new models can be specified with 20" alloy rims or an optional 21", six-spoked design.

The interior gets an update with dark wood veneers and an optional two-tone leather console.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “With the new four-litre V8 we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience.

"The new engine has all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 sporting the Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic 'wave of torque'. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel-efficiency and emissions."

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