Bentley — Third generation Continental GT V8 Coupe and Convertible

Bentley Continental V8 Photo: James Lipman | jameslipman.com
Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal V8Convertible and Coupe | Pho­to: James Lip­man

DRIVER-FOCUSSED, ELEGANT AND EXQUISITELY HAND-CRAFTED: NEW CONTINENTAL GT V8 AND GT V8 CONVERTIBLE

Bent­ley is intro­duc­ing two new ver­sions of its third gen­er­a­tion Con­ti­nen­tal GT and GT Con­vert­ible mod­els this year. The defin­i­tive lux­u­ry Grand Tour­er is now avail­able for US cus­tomer order with a pow­er­ful V8 petrol engine, ensur­ing a live­ly and engag­ing dri­ve that com­ple­ments the unpar­al­leled lev­els of lux­u­ry and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­o­gy.

Bent­ley is intro­duc­ing two new ver­sions of its third gen­er­a­tion Con­ti­nen­tal GT and GT Con­vert­ible mod­els this year. The defin­i­tive lux­u­ry Grand Tour­er is now avail­able for US cus­tomer order with a pow­er­ful V8 petrol engine, ensur­ing a live­ly and engag­ing dri­ve that com­ple­ments the unpar­al­leled lev­els of lux­u­ry and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­o­gy.

Designed, engi­neered and hand­craft­ed in Crewe, Great Britain, the Con­ti­nen­tal GT V8 and GT V8 Con­vert­ible com­bine dri­ver-focussed per­for­mance with exquis­ite refine­ment and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­o­gy. Both cars fea­ture 20-inch, 10-spoke paint­ed alloys wheels, sub­tle V8 badg­ing and a sub­lime, hand­craft­ed inte­ri­or.

Bent­ley cre­at­ed the mod­ern lux­u­ry Grand Tour­er seg­ment in 2003, with the launch of the first gen­er­a­tion Con­ti­nen­tal GT and, sit­ting at the core of the ground-break­ing Con­ti­nen­tal GT line-up, the new V8 mod­els offer cus­tomers a unique breadth of Grand Tour­ing abil­i­ties.

Cus­tomer deliv­er­ies will com­mence in the US in Q3, with avail­abil­i­ty for oth­er regions to be sched­uled from Q1 2020.

Thrilling Performance
Even Greater Efficiency

The new V8 ver­sions of the ulti­mate Grand Tour­er com­bine immense pow­er with impres­sive fuel effi­cien­cy. Excel­lent weight dis­tri­b­u­tion makes the dynam­ic V8 feel even more agile and respon­sive with a dis­tinc­tive, high­er revving engine per­son­al­i­ty of its own.

The new-gen­er­a­tion 4.0-litre, 32-valve V8 petrol engine devel­ops 542 bhp (550 PS) and 568 lb.ft (770 Nm) of torque. It also fea­tures dual twin-scroll tur­bocharg­ers locat­ed inside the ‘V’ of the engine, togeth­er result­ing in a top speed of 198 mph (318 km/h) and 0–60 mph in 3.9 sec­onds (0–100 km/h in 4.0 sec­onds) for the Coupe; and 0–60 mph in 4.0 sec­onds (0–100 km/h in 4.1 sec­onds) for the Con­vert­ible.

Spir­it­ed per­for­mance from both eight-speed V8 mod­els is com­ple­ment­ed by refined effi­cien­cy, stem­ming part­ly from the abil­i­ty of the engine to de-acti­vate four of its eight cylin­ders in suit­able con­di­tions, with­out com­pro­mis­ing the dri­ve. The seam­less change hap­pens in just 20 mil­lisec­onds and is imper­cep­ti­ble to cus­tomers. Stop-Start tech­nol­o­gy, which oper­ates at ‘near-to-stop’ speeds, is also avail­able.

Bentley Continental V8 Photo: James Lipman | jameslipman.com
Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal V8 Con­vert­ible | Pho­to: James Lip­man

Muscular Exterior Design
A Statement of Intent

A state­ment of true lux­u­ry, the third gen­er­a­tion Con­ti­nen­tal GT and GT Con­vert­ible rep­re­sent the pin­na­cle of Bentley’s design and engi­neer­ing achieve­ments. Effort­less­ly ele­gant and more sculpt­ed and sharply defined, the body and mate­ri­als com­bine to cre­ate tru­ly breath-tak­ing cars.

The new V8 mod­els fea­ture 20-inch, 10-spoke paint­ed alloy wheels and the option to choose from nine oth­er designs mea­sur­ing up to 22-inch­es. Bent­ley offers sev­en stan­dard exte­ri­or body­work colours, with an exten­sive palate of addi­tion­al paint choic­es avail­able. Both GT V8 and GT V8 Con­vert­ible are dis­tin­guished by quad exhaust pipes and sub­tle V8 badg­ing to the front wings.

The GT V8 Convertible’s tai­lored roof can be deployed or stowed in just 19 sec­onds, with the car trav­el­ling at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). This trans­forms it from a lux­u­ri­ous coupe into an open-top Grand Tour­er at the touch of a but­ton. Sev­en dif­fer­ent fab­ric hood colours are avail­able, includ­ing an authen­tic tweed fin­ish for the first time.

A new­ly designed neck­warmer (which is both warmer and qui­eter than in the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion mod­el), is seam­less­ly inte­grat­ed into the heat­ed and vent­ed Com­fort Seats, opti­mis­ing effi­cien­cy and air­flow around the elec­tri­cal­ly adjustable head­rests. The styling high­light of the new neck­warmer is a chrome cen­tre vane that stretch­es the full width of the duct, echo­ing Bentley’s famous ‘bulls­eye’ vents. Com­bined with a heat­ed steer­ing wheel and new heat­ed arm­rests, these sophis­ti­cat­ed com­fort fea­tures cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous dri­ving expe­ri­ence in all envi­ron­ments.

The V8 mod­els also employ the lat­est LED Matrix tech­nol­o­gy, while the design of the head­lamps is inspired by the finest cut-crys­tal glass­es. The result is sim­i­lar to that of an illu­mi­nat­ed cut gem, an effect which is mag­ni­fied when the option­al wel­come sequence grad­u­al­ly illu­mi­nates the head­lights as you approach the car.

Bentley Continental V8 Photo: James Lipman | jameslipman.com
Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal V8 Con­vert­ible | Pho­to: James Lip­man

A Cabin of Handcrafted Luxury

The Con­ti­nen­tal GT V8’s inno­v­a­tive, lux­u­ri­ous inte­ri­or offers unri­valled Grand Tour­ing refine­ment. It seam­less­ly inte­grates nat­ur­al mate­ri­als such as the high­est qual­i­ty leathers and rare, sus­tain­ably sourced veneers into the finest hand­craft­ed cab­in.

Twen­ty-way adjustable leather seats set new indus­try stan­dards in com­fort and refine­ment, and are avail­able in a monot­o­ne colour split on the GT V8 and GT V8 Con­vert­ible. Four fur­ther colour split options are avail­able, togeth­er with Con­trast Stitch­ing, Pip­ing and Hand Cross Stitch.

New Crown Cut Wal­nut adorns the V8 fas­cia and oth­er areas, with the option of a vari­ety of exquis­ite wood veneers. V8 mod­els also fea­ture a 10-speak­er Bent­ley Audio sys­tem as stan­dard pump­ing out a pow­er­ful 650 watts of enter­tain­ment.

At the heart of both the GT V8 and GT V8 Con­vert­ible dash­boards are an advanced, ful­ly dig­i­tal, dri­ver-focussed instru­ment pan­el and the option­al Bent­ley Rotat­ing Dis­play. The lat­ter fea­tures a 12.3-inch touch­screen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves the veneer to reveal the touch­screen, as well as three ele­gant ana­logue dials.

Inside the new GT V8 Con­vert­ible, the ulti­mate Grand Tour­er for all sea­sons, cus­tomers can choose from a range of eight roof lin­ing colours.

Unrivalled Ride and Handling

The dri­ving dynam­ics of the Con­ti­nen­tal GT V8 and GT V8 Con­vert­ible offer the dri­ving char­ac­ter expect­ed of a class lead­ing Grand Tour­er, along with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore the range of per­for­mance the car has to offer via the Bent­ley Dri­ve Dynam­ics selec­tor. 

The dif­fer­ent modes avail­able offer the cus­tomer the full breadth of per­for­mance, from class-lead­ing refine­ment and com­fort to focussed han­dling in Sport mode.

The Con­ti­nen­tal GT V8 and GT V8 Con­vert­ible are both equipped with front and rear hol­low, light­weight anti-roll bars for excep­tion­al han­dling while the tech­ni­cal­ly advanced, adap­tive chas­sis cre­at­ed for Bentley’s intel­li­gent Dynam­ic Ride Sys­tem is also avail­able as an option.

The Dynam­ic Ride Sys­tem con­trols ride com­fort and lat­er­al roll, cush­ion­ing pas­sen­gers from exces­sive move­ment, as well as mak­ing the Con­ti­nen­tal GT V8 mod­els feel effort­less­ly pre­cise.

The air sus­pen­sion uses three-cham­ber air springs which fur­ther improve ride com­fort and the dynam­ic char­ac­ter. It has the scope to vary from sport­ing spring stiff­ness to lux­u­ry lim­ou­sine refine­ment, depend­ing on which mode is select­ed.

An Active All-Wheel Dri­ve Sys­tem varies the front-to-rear torque split depen­dent on the dri­ving sit­u­a­tion. The Con­ti­nen­tal GT V8 will use rear-wheel dri­ve as much as pos­si­ble dur­ing nor­mal dri­ving for opti­mum effi­cien­cy and dynam­ic per­for­mance.

Elec­tric Pow­er-Assist­ed Steer­ing pro­vides excel­lent feed­back to the dri­ver. It utilis­es a vari­able rack ratio, allow­ing increased response with high­er steer­ing angles to aid manoeu­vra­bil­i­ty whilst main­tain­ing excel­lent sta­bil­i­ty at high speeds. The V8 mod­els are offered with a wide range of dri­ver assis­tance fea­tures, such as Active Lane Assist, Traf­fic Jam Assist and Park Assist.

Con­tin­u­ous Damp­ing Con­trol opti­mis­es com­fort and han­dling, by con­stant­ly adjust­ing the damper forces in response to road inputs, vehi­cle move­ment and dri­ver demand. It does this by con­tin­u­ous­ly mea­sur­ing the veloc­i­ty and dis­tance between the wheels and the body at each cor­ner and adjust to opti­mise com­fort and han­dling.

Bentley’s Centenary
100 Years of Extraordinary

In 1919 Wal­ter Owen (W.O.) Bent­ley cre­at­ed a com­pa­ny with a sim­ple objec­tive: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. This guid­ing prin­ci­ple has dri­ven Bent­ley ever since, push­ing the brand for­ward and mak­ing it the leader in auto­mo­tive lux­u­ry around the world today.

The 10th of July 2019 marks Bentley’s 100th year. This extra­or­di­nary mile­stone – reached by only a spe­cial few com­pa­nies – will be a cause for cel­e­bra­tion of the company’s his­to­ry and its glob­al suc­cess today.

Bent­ley cre­at­ed the mod­ern lux­u­ry Grand Tour­er seg­ment in 2003, with the launch of the first gen­er­a­tion Con­ti­nen­tal GT and, sit­ting at the core of the ground-break­ing Con­ti­nen­tal GT line-up, the new V8 mod­els offer cus­tomers a unique breadth of Grand Tour­ing abil­i­ties.

Text by Bent­ley Media | Pho­tos by James Lip­man

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