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Third-generation Bentley Continental GT’s V8 models land in Oz

By Daniel Wong, 13 Mar 2020 News

2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 Australian pricing news

New variants trade 12-cylinder brute force for V8 charm and agility

Bentley has introduced the Coupe and Cabriolet variants of the third-generation Bentley Continental GT V8 to its Australian model line-up.

Prices for the Continental GT V8 coupe starts from $400,900, while the Continental GT V8 convertible’s prices start from $441,300.

Of course, this being Bentley, those prices can quickly snowball upwards with its exhaustive list of options for everything from driver aids, to the finishing of the exterior garnishes and the colour of the roof liner.

Though four-cylinders and two-litres of displacement down from the standard Continental GT’s 6.0-litre W12, the V8 variants are generally considered the “driver’s pick” of the litter for its vocal V8 character and shaper dynamics.

Adding to that, Bentley claims that the VW Group-sourced V8 engine comes with that mystical added motorsports pedigree, as it shares a relation with the engine used in the Bathurst 12 Hour-winning Continental GT3. That being said the numbers make a case for itself.

Though the claimed 405kW/770Nm power outputs of its smaller 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 powerplant pales in comparison to the W12’s titanic 467kW/900Nm boast, the V8 coupe still manages a 0-100km/h time of 4 seconds, which is just 0.3sec off the pace of its W12-equipped sibling. The V8 Convertible on the other hand is just a whisker slower at 4.1sec.

The V8 models’ top whack of 318km/h isn’t that far off the W12-powered Continental GT’s 333km/h claim either.

Like the standard Continental GT, the Continental GT V8 models utilises the same eight-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive system. The Continental GT V8’s expansive soft top too takes a similar time of 19sec to fold at up to speeds of 50km/h to fold as its W12 counterpart.