Bentley Continental GT V8 S Gets New Look And More Power

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The Bentley Continental GT is refreshed with a complement of new exterior design features, improved fuel efficiency and more power.

Bentley Continental GT CabrioletPhoto: James Lipman / jameslipman.comUnder the revised skin of the Continental GT W12 lie three changes to the mighty 6.0-litre twin turbo W12 powertrain. Firstly, the engine receives a power and torque increase, from 575 PS (567 bhp / 423 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb.ft) to 590 PS (582 bhp / 434 kW) and 720 Nm (531 lb.ft), to maintain the model’s reputation of effortless performance.

Bentley Continental GT CabrioletPhoto: James Lipman / jameslipman.comThe power upgrade is accompanied by improvements to fuel economy of up to 5%. The GT W12 now includes a variable displacement system and the new evolution is able to run at part throttle on six of its 12 cylinders to reduce fuel consumption without sacrificing refinement and offers lower CO2 emissions of 329 g/km and combined fuel economy of 20 mpg (14.1 litres/100 km).

Bentley Continental GT CabrioletPhoto: James Lipman / jameslipman.comA new front bumper combines with a smaller radiator shell and new, more pronounced fenders to lend a more assertive and confident stance to the front of the car. The fenders now feature a new vent, complete with a graceful metallic “B” adornment, which serve to emphasise and enhance the renowned Bentley “power line” that flows rearwards from the front arches. New bright chrome fender badges for the V8 S and W12 models now match those applied to the GT Speed.

Bentley Continental GT CabrioletPhoto: James Lipman / jameslipman.comAt the rear of the car, the boot lid is now more sculpted, with a pronounced aerodynamic profile to the trailing edge. The rear bumper has been reshaped and widened for an added sense of power, and now features full-width brightware. The V8 S and GT Speed also gain a new rear diffuser design to further differentiate the performance-focused members of the Continental family.

Continental GT V8 SThe revisions to the exterior aesthetic are completed with the addition of new wheels to the range of 20″ and 21″ designs available. The standard wheel for the GT V8 and GT W12 becomes a new 20″, six-tri-spoke wheel, in painted finish for the V8 and bright machined for the W12. The Mulliner Driving Specification wheel changes to a new 21″ seven-twin-spoke design, finished in Graphite grey with bright machined spokes. Finally, a new 21″ five-spoke directional sports wheel joins the existing 21″ design available for the V8 S and GT Speed.

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