"Our engineers left no detail unexamined," Duerheimer promised of the engine as he gazed down at the crowd - mostly journalists from around the world, "in seeking more efficiency and higher performance. Every component was designed to minimise energy losses without compromising power or durability.
A LOT OF BACKSIDE: ... and not a lot of glass will instantly identify the 2012 Bentley Continental V8. But in a good way?
"The cars' design features leave no doubt," Duerheimer said, "that this is an unmistakeably sporty new Grand Tourer: a chrome-rimmed black matrix grille, a black mesh lower grill witha distinctive shark's teeth appearance, figure-eight tailpipes and a red Bentley
NOW WE GET THE LOOKS: Minus the mighty mass of the sister-ship coupe's rear end, the Continental convertible becomes a handsome, if not outstandingly so, set of summer wheels.