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Bentley Continental GT V8

Bentley Continental GT V8

REVIEW

When Bentley released the Continental GT in 2004 it brought the legendary British Marque into the reaches of mere mortals, rather than the super-rich, but was never really a dynamic car – sure there were fast powerful versions, but none were sports cars. The second generation got a little more verve, though despite being all-new it barely looked any different. Now the third generation is out and represents a step-change for the Conti GT. Taking inspiration from the EXP10 Speed6 concept, the new styling is far more athletic, with a similar nose that’s much lower, and muscular rear arches leading to a rear-end far removed from previous models. There are oval taillights and a lower, more sharply creased boot lid all of which add up to a seriously good looking car. The new Continental GT is already lighter and more dynamically focused than the old model, but this V8 version takes that to a new level. The 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 has 542bhp, but combined with the fact that the engine weighs a lot less over the nose of the car, this V8 coupe is a much more rewarding drive. The V8 was the driver’s choice in the old line-up and it seems that will be the case here too!

Stats

Engine / CylsV8 Twin-Turbo Power542bhp
Displacement4.0ltr Torque770 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed198mph
DrivetrainAWD CO2n/a g/km
MPGn/a mpg Retail Price£148,800
0-62mph4.0secs Cash Alternative£119,000

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