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THE NEW CONTINENTAL V8 MODELS

Distinctive sporting style

•Gloss black matrix grille with bright chrome surround and divider
•Three-segment lower bumper with black air intakes and striking body-coloured dividers
•Dark rear lower valance
•Distinctive twin 'figure eight' exhaust tailpipes
•Red enamel Bentley winged 'B' badges above the front grille, to the bootlid and wheel centres
•7 exterior colours offered in standard range
Sporty, contemporary interior

•New Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer unique to the V8 models
•Eliade cloth headlining and pillar trim
•Short centre console in place of W12 through-console
•4 hide colours offered in standard range
•Unique two-tone leather colour split
•3 hood colours (Continental GTC)
Exhilarating, efficient new 4.0 litre V8 engine

•Exceptional power-to-emissions ratio reflecting engine efficiency
•Variable displacement (a technology first proven on the Mulsanne) imperceptibly cuts 4 cylinders on cruise and light throttle
•Switchable engine mounts ensure refinement
•Engine optimisation technologies boost efficiency
•New, close-ratio, 8-speed transmission offers 6 per cent efficiency gain with ultra-fast shifts
•Turbochargers mounted within 'V' for efficiency and fast response
•Over 500 miles (800 km) range on one tank of fuel
•Distinctive V8 growl
•All-wheel drive system with 40:60 rear biased torque split

THE NEW BENTLEY 4.0 V8 CONTINENTAL MODELS IN DETAIL

"The new V8 engine gives Bentley a three-engine line-up for the first time since the early days of the company and we're confident it will characterise the Bentley driving experience just as the 6.75 V8 and 6.0 W12 drivetrains do. Hitting the efficiency targets we set ourselves was a tough challenge; but not only is the new 4.0 V8 a standard-setter for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, it also rewards the keen driver exactly as a Bentley engine should."

Brian Gush, Head of Chassis and Powertrain Engineering, Bentley Motors.

Bentley performance with 40 per cent efficiency gain

•Downsizing
•Engine Optimisation
•Variable displacement
•8 Speed Transmission
•Thermal Management
•Recuperation
•Low rolling resistance tyres
The red winged 'B' and black gloss grille provide a strong indicator that a different Bentley powerplant nestles in the engine bay of the Continental GT V8 and its convertible stablemate.

Settle into the supportive cobra-style seats, press the start button, and all is revealed. The new 4.0 litre Bentley engine comes to life with an unmistakable V8 burble: deep, sporty and ready for action.

To achieve the 40 per cent efficiency improvement targeted by Bentley's Board of Directors back in 2008, Bentley's engineering team left no detail unexamined. The reduction in displacement from 6.0 litre W12 to 4.0 litre V8 was the first starting point — but a smaller capacity engine in itself would not have delivered anything close to the ambitious power and emissions targets.

Variable displacement — deactivating cylinders when at a gentle cruising speed or light throttle — was already an area of Bentley expertise. The Bentley Mulsanne's 6.75 litre V8, though similar in format to the original Bentley V8 of 1959, features variable displacement as part of its technologically-advanced specification.

Similar technology now features on the Bentley 4.0 V8: when the engine's control microprocessor detects a light throttle opening as the driver maintains a steady cruising speed or gentle acceleration or deceleration it closes the valves in four of the eight cylinders so that they simply act as air springs.

This has two immediate benefits; the remaining four cylinders operate at a higher level of efficiency, and the engine's frictional and gas transfer losses are reduced. As soon as the driver presses the throttle harder the engine instantly switches back to full eight-cylinder operation.

Switchable hydraulic engine mounts compensate for the different resonances of V8 and V4 mode, as the mount switches to a 'soft' state during idle for improved isolation from vibration.

Seamlessly managing the transition between modes and maintaining optimum efficiency throughout the V8's operating range is a highly advanced engine management system (EMS). A 32-bit TriCore™ microprocessor performs up to 180 million instructions per second, providing an unparalleled level of precision in its control of the combustion process.


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