New Bentley Continental GT V8 unveiled ahead of UK launch next year

The third-generation Bentley Continental GT V8 will reach the UK market in early 2020, with 542bhp and a top speed of 198mph

Bentley has introduced a V8-powered Continental GT. Available as a coupe or convertible, the new model will go on sale first in the American market later this year, followed by a UK launch in early 2020.

The latest addition to the Bentley Continental GT range is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine, producing 542bhp and 770Nm of torque. The sprint from 0–62mph takes a claimed four seconds for the coupe and 4.1 seconds for the convertible, and both models have a top speed of 198mph.

Best luxury cars on sale

Thanks to its cylinder deactivation technology (which can shut down four of the engine’s eight cylinders for fuel economy advantages) and the addition of a start-stop function, Bentley claims the new Continental GT V8 can cover 500 miles on a single tank.

Bentley’s latest Continental GT V8 also comes with an active all-wheel-drive system which varies the amount of torque between the front and rear axle, depending on the road conditions. According to Bentley, the Continental GT V8 is primarily rear-wheel-drive and only sends power to the front axle when absolutely necessary.

All V8-powered Continentals feature hollow anti-roll bars front and rear, air suspension, electric power steering and Bentley’s adaptive chassis control, which claims to improve ride comfort and reduce body roll. Buyers also have the choice of nine wheel designs in sizes measuring from 20-inch to 22-inch.

Inside, the V8 models get a walnut dash, a 10-speaker sound system and a pair of twenty-way electrically-adjustable leather seats, available in a range of colours. As an optional extra, buyers can spec Bentley’s ‘Rotating Display;’ a revolving unit behind the wheel which houses a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster as well as a trio of analogue clocks.

What are your thoughts on the new Bentley Continental GT V8? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

Bentley Continental GT review
Bentley Continental GT

Bentley Continental GT review

Porsche Panamera underpinnings help push the new Bentley Continental GT to the top of its class
5 Jun 2020
Bentley’s built a horse-themed Continental GT Convertible
Bentley Continental GT

Bentley’s built a horse-themed Continental GT Convertible

The bespoke Continental GT Convertible Equestrian Edition features tweed door panels, a walnut dash and gold “horse and rider” emblems
9 Mar 2020
Bentley unveils bespoke Continental GT ice racer
Bentley Continental GT ice racer - front 3/4 static
Bentley Continental GT

Bentley unveils bespoke Continental GT ice racer

Bentley has commissioned a one-off Continental GT W12 ice racer, which will compete in the 2020 GP Ice Race in Austria
31 Jan 2020
Special edition Pikes Peak Bentley Continental GT launched
Bentley Continental GT

Special edition Pikes Peak Bentley Continental GT launched

Bentley’s latest limited edition model celebrates the Continental GT W12’s record-breaking run up Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
3 Dec 2019

Most Popular

New 2022 BMW M3 Touring officially confirmed
BMW 3 Series Touring

New 2022 BMW M3 Touring officially confirmed

New hot BMW M3 Touring estate on the way and it’ll feature the same 503bhp straight-six engine as the saloon. Our exclusive image previews how it coul…
12 Aug 2020
Next-generation Nissan Qashqai spied ahead of 2020 launch
Nissan Qashqai

Next-generation Nissan Qashqai spied ahead of 2020 launch

Our spy photographers have spotted the new Nissan Qashqai during its development programme – although it’s still wearing heavy camo
13 Aug 2020
New 2021 Kia Stinger facelift revealed with new look and tech
Kia Stinger

New 2021 Kia Stinger facelift revealed with new look and tech

The Kia Stinger gets a subtle new look as part of a facelift for 2021
12 Aug 2020