Bentley Continental GT V8 to debut at 2012 Detroit Auto Show

For the first time in its history, the Bentley Continental GT gets a new engine for the 2012 model year. Debuting at the Detroit Motor Show in 2012, the Continental GT V8 will be the first Continental GT equipped with a…V8.

Before hand, the Continental GT always came with the blistering twin-turbocharged 6.0L W12 engine produced by Volkswagen. The new 4.0L V8 heart is the company’s first ever all-new V8 after the infamous 6.75L, or 6 ¾-liter as some would say, that still sits in the current Arnage-replacing Mulsanne and has been around since the beginning of time.

Preceding the debut of the V8 Continental, a new GTC convertible will be unveiled first at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Other details including power ratings, performances and pricing have yet to be released, but we could expect that information to pop up as we get closer to next year’s Detroit Motor Show.

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Refresher: The 2011 Bentley Continental GT 6.0L twin-turbo W12 engine making 567-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic with quickshift and steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters, 0 to 60 mph comes in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph. A V8 will be available to order in late 2011 – technical details have yet to be released.

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– By: Chris Chin

Source: ConsumerResearch