2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 unveiled, makes 500-hp

The 2012 Detroit Auto Show will turn out to be quite an exciting conference. Bentley officially announced that its new 4.0 liter V8 twin turbocharged Bentley Continental GT V8 coupe and GTC V8 convertible will debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 9, 2012.

The twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8 makes a strong 500-hp at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 487 lb-ft available virtually across the entire rev range from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm. Mated to the brand’s new 8-speed automatic transmission the Bentley Continental V8 runs from 0 to 60 mph in the low 5 second range with a top speed of over 180 mph.

“The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfils Bentley’s environmental commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions,” Bentley said in a statement.

While full and official figures will be announced closer to the launch date of early 2012, Bentley says the V8 Continental models “achieve outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector and are capable of travelling over 500 mile on a single tank of fuel.”

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“With the new 4.0 litre V8 engine we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience,” said Wolfgang Durheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors. “The new engine will have all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic ‘wave of torque’. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions.”

The new V8 engine features variable valve displacement with an engine management system that ensures a seamless transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load. Other fuel-saving technologies include high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation via the charging system, and innovative turbo charger packaging.

– By: Omar Rana