The Crewe styling team has created a Bentley coupé of elegantly tailored lines and muscular form, with the precise crease of the front wings shaped by super forming technology. Distinctive large, close-set inner headlamps are ringed by jewel-like LED lights. At the rear, Bentley’s signature ‘floating’ LED lights draw ones eye to the extremities of the car, emphasising its low, wide stance. The V8’s character is emphasised by the gloss black mesh grille, ringed in bright chrome and by the dark rear valance with those tell-tale figure-of-eight exhaust tailpipes. The V8 features a red enamel winged ‘B’ badge on the bonnet, boot and wheel centres. For an even more dramatic look there’s an exclusive 21” wheel to accentuate the sporting character of the V8.
Powered by a 4 litre V8 engine, from the distinctive backbeat of its eight cylinders at idling speed to the glorious snarl of full-throttle acceleration, the Continental GT V8 offers an exhilarating, involving and passionate route to Bentley Continental ownership. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission transmit its power to the road with unshakable precision.
This is a Bentley that can both stir the soul or calm the spirit, according to the mood of the driver or the conditions.
Traditional crafts of wood, leather and knurled metal are expressed in a crisp and modern design language to capture the sporting, youthful spirit of the V8. Nowhere is this more evident than the new steering wheel, complete with redesigned paddle-shift gear selectors for a more engaging drive. The symmetrical fascia was inspired by the Bentley winged ‘B’, and features a 'flying buttress' centre stack and open illuminated stowage. The shorter centre console creates extra space in the rear, emphasising the sporting feel of the cockpit. Storage has been redesigned to offer even more space.
The knife-edge crease lines down the front wings of the Continental GT are made using a technique called superforming, where 5083 grade aluminium is heated to 500ºC and shaped around a die using air pressure. No other process enables such a complex panel to be created with such crisp sharp lines and without seams or joins.
OPTIONAL SPECIFICATION PACKS
The workshops at Crewe, it is said, are the very opposite of mass production. Stand at the end of the line for a day, a week or a month and you won't see two identical Bentleys emerge at the end of their painstakingly loved journey through the works. But a Bentley owner can never have too much choice and, in that spirit, the design team at Crewe has put together the Optional Specification Packs.
Select one of them, and your Continental GT V8 will feature 21" 6 twin-spoke alloy wheels in a menacing black. Inside, the sporting theme intensifies, with seats, door panels, and rear three-quarter panels upholstered in quilted, perforated hide, the dramatic effect complemented by indented hide sun visors, a knurled sports gear lever and drilled alloy foot pedals. An indented hide headlining is included in the case of the GT V8, while embroidered Bentley emblems on the seat headrests are offered with both models at no extra cost.