From the glorious roar as it explodes into life to the rich purr emitted at rest by its charismatic 4.0 liter V8 engine, the sporty new Continental GT V8 S comes with an agility you'll feel around every hairpin.
The new front bumper incorporates an inverted aerofoil-like design, instantly evoking the passion and drama of the racetrack, while a new and innovative lip-style spoiler adorns the rear, providing greater bite in every turn. To herald these changes, a dynamic and newly designed Bentley B fender vent is located behind each front wheel.
All Bentley wood veneers are cured for 72 hours and treated with five layers of clear lacquer by hand, to achieve a luxurious finish without compromising the natural beauty of the grain. The Continental GT V8 S features Piano Black veneer as standard, but there is also a range of other ethically sourced veneers to choose from, alongside the more technical look that can be achieved with Carbon Fiber or Bright Tint Aluminum.
Beneath the bonnet of the new Continental GT V8 S beats a monstrous heart: a 4 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with the power to generate 521 bhp (389 kW / 528 PS @ 6,000 rpm). At 1700 RPM the GT V8 S generates 680 Nm of torque even more than the 660 Nm achieved by its sibling, the GT V8. From a standing start the GT V8 S will reach 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds, before climbing all the way to its top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h).
Variable displacement, in which four of the eight cylinders switch off at gentler throttle openings, reduces fuel consumption and cuts both frictional and gas transfer losses. When more power is required, the engine switches back automatically from four cylinders to the full eight. The result is an unforgettable driving experience- nothing captures the spirit of spontaneous adventure like the Continental GT V8 S.
Despite its muscular powerplant, the Continental GT V8 S is remarkably efficient: CO2 emissions are a mere 246 g/km, due in no small part to the use of variable displacement. At less aggressive throttle openings, the engine switches off four of its eight cylinders, so they only act as gas springs. this delivers two benefits: the four operative cylinders are more efficient, while frictional and gas transfer losses throughout the engine are greatly reduced. As soon as the car accelerates, the other four cylinders switch back on, giving more power the moment it is needed.
Lowered sports suspension (by 10mm), revised damping with increased spring and bush rates (front and rear) and uprated anti-roll bars all combine to improve agility, body control and cornering, while the recalibrated steering provides enhanced feedback and feel.
The Lower Body Styling Specification features front splitter, side sills and a rear diffuser improve the cars aerodynamics by reducing front-end lift, providing even greater stability at higher road speeds.
As soon as the car accelerates, the other four cylinders switch back on, giving more power the moment it is needed. Switchable hydraulic engine mounts change to a soft state while the car is idling to improve isolation from vibration, yet instantly switch back to a hard state when the car is driven more dynamically to reduce roll and improve performance.