Bentley Will Unveil Continental GT V8 in Early 2012

2012 Detroit Auto Show


  • 2012 Bentley Continental GT Picture

    2012 Bentley Continental GT Picture

    Bentley will introduce a new twin-turbocharged direct-injection 4.0-liter V8 in January in the 2012 Bentley Continental GT. | August 04, 2011

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2012 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • A new turbocharged direct-injection 550-horsepower 4.0 V8 will debut in the 2012 Bentley Continental GT at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
  • The new V8, which is being jointly developed with Audi, will be extended to other models in the Bentley range.
  • Audi also plans to use the turbo 4.0 V8 in the S6 and the RS7, among other models.

BOSTON — Bentley will introduce a new twin-turbocharged direct-injection 4.0-liter V8 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in the 2012 Bentley Continental GT. The new V8, which is being jointly developed with Audi and is said to deliver around 550 horsepower, will be extended to other models in the Bentley range.

Audi also plans to use a version of the turbo 4.0 V8 in the new RS7, among other models, with a formal introduction as early as next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. Audi also may share its S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with Bentley, for use with the new V8.

Bentley will unveil a face-lifted Continental GTC convertible in Frankfurt, but that car will continue to carry the brand's twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12, which is rated at 567 hp. Eventually, the redesigned GTC, due in 2013-'14, will get the 4.0 V8, as will the coupe and convertible versions of the Mulsanne and the successor to the Continental Flying Spur sedan.

Also heavily rumored in the European press is a new Bentley SUV, which is expected to share a donor platform from the parent Volkswagen Group with the redesigned Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg.

Bentley has said little publicly about the new high-output V8, other than to note that it is "being designed specifically by Bentley's engineers" and will honor the brand's ongoing "environmental commitment to deliver a powertrain that achieves a 40 percent improvement in CO2 emissions."

Edmunds.com says: Bentley's new powertrain mantra: Hot and green.

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