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2013-09-10 10:15

NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY: Building on the success of the Continental GT V8, the new V8 S models feature a more powerful version of the automaker's 4.0, twin-turbo developing 389kW at 6000 rpm 680Nm from 1700rpm. Image: Bentley

entley adds a new addition to its Continental family with the world premiere of its GT V8 S at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Not to miss out on their share of the limelight is the automaker’s flagship Mulsanne and Flying Spur sedan!

FRANKFURT, Germany – Bentley’s latest addition to its Continental family, the new GT V8 S, will make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Available in both coupe and convertible guise, the V8 S models feature an upgraded version of Bentley’s twin-turbo 4.0 engine capable of 389kW/680Nm.

The models sports suspension modifications and a selection of new exterior and interior features.


Complementing these two dynamic new models in Frankfurt is the pinnacle of Bentley luxury in the form of the flagship Mulsanne and the new four-door Flying Spur sedan.

Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, Wolfgang Schreiber, said: “Our new V8 S models are an exciting addition to the Continental family. The increased power and torque combined with dynamically-focussed suspension sharpen the performance capabilities of our V8 grand tourers with no compromise to the luxury and quality that all Bentleys typify.

“These are cars with huge character and agility, enhanced even further by a distinctive V8 soundtrack.”

Building on the success of the Continental GT V8, the new V8 S models feature a more powerful version of the automaker's 4.0 twin-turbo developing 389kW at 6000 rpm 680Nm from 1700rpm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed auto.

The coupe sprints from 0 – 100km in 4.5 seconds to a top speed of 309km/h. The GT V8 S convertible rockets from 0-100km/h in 4.7s to a top speed of 308km/h. According to Bentley, both its coupe and convertible are able to cover over 805km on a single tank.

Compared to the standard Continental, both models have ride-height lowered by 10mm. Recalibrated damping, steering and electronic stability control complete the package.


the new Flying Spur, launched earlier in 2013, is powered by Bentley’s 460kW/ 800Nm 6.0 twin turbo W12 engine which, according to Bentley, “features more power than any other Bentley four-door in history”.

The new model has a 14% improvement in the power-to-weight ratio over the previous generation Flying Spur. This translates to a 0-100km/h sprint of  4.3 seconds to a top-speed of 322 km/h.

According to Bentley: “With its unrivalled blend of effortless driveability, exquisite luxury and craftsmanship, sculpted design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Flying Spur continues its successful market introduction following its global debut in March 2013.”


Bentley’s flagship Mulsanne receives a host of luxury additions such as new suite of entertainment and communication systems.

The Comfort specification includes luxury headrests, padded footrests and soft duck down filled loose cushions. The Entertainment specification adds picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard, and a wi-fi router. The seats have LCD headrest screens incorporating a 20 GB hard drive and DVD player, along with Bluetooth headphones and a remote control.

Three new paint options are available along with bespoke fitted luggage.

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