Available as both a coupe and convertible, the new GT V8 S models bring added power to the Continental range with lowered and retuned sports suspension, improved steering, ‘S’ signature styling cues and a more distinctive soundtrack from the uprated V8 engine.
The new Continental GT V8 S Coupe and Convertible will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Show next week.
Building on the standard Continental GT V8, the new GT V8 S models feature a more powerful version of Bentley’s 4-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine developing 521bhp (528 PS / 389 KW) at 6,000 rev/min and a peak torque of 680 Nm (502 lb.ft) at 1,700 rev/min.
Delivered via a close-ratio ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, the increased power provides higher performance with increased acceleration and smoother power delivery claims Bentley. Switching into S mode via the gear selector results in a sharpened throttle response while gears are held for longer with faster shifts.
The GT V8 S coupe manages the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.5s) and hits a top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h). The performance of the GT V8 S convertible is almost identical, reaching 60 mph from a standing start in 4.5 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.7s) and a top speed of 191mph (308km/h).
Bentley is also keen to point out that the increased performance is achieved without detriment to the V8 engine’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions, or its ability to cover more than 500 miles (805 km) between fill-ups.
The new GT V8 S coupe returns a combined cycle fuel economy of 26.8 mpg (10.6 l/100km) and CO2 emissions of 246 g/km. The equivalent figures for the convertible are 25.9 mpg (10.9 l/100km) and 254 g/km.
The power and performance of the S models are also complemented by a range of chassis enhancements. The GT V8 S retains the aluminium double-wishbone front and trapezoidal multi-link rear self-levelling air suspension with continuous damping control that is common to all Continental models. There is a more sporting setup, however, with subtly different tunes for Coupe and Convertible. Lowered sports suspension (by 10 mm) is complemented by increased spring rates (45% front, 33% rear) and revised damping. Bush stiffnesses are increased by up to 70%, while the rear anti-roll bar is stiffened by 54% over the standard GT V8 models for better body control and turn-in. A recalibrated steering system completes the new chassis system.
The lower body styling specification – front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser – benefit aerodynamics by reducing front-end lift and provide increased stability at faster speeds say Bentley’s designers.
Shared with all Continental models, the all-wheel drive system employs a Torsen differential and a 40:60 rear-biased power split.
Deliveries of the new Continental V8 S start in early 2014.