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In case you're burning through six figures on a vehicle, odds are you don't care for getting things done into equal parts measures. Contradicting this reality, Bentley is wagering that purchasers of its rich Continental GT will be keen on scaling back. Bentley is propelling a measly 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 alternative close by the lead 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12. The V8 is (somewhat) more affordable, and more eco-friendly, yet additionally less incredible. This isn't about sober mindedness, however.
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Bentley is to , Bentley attempts to make its autos sportier and more captivating than those of its august opponent, all without giving up extravagance. The Continental GT V8 should offer the most captivating driving experience of any current Bentley.

To see whether a less-amazing vehicle can really be progressively fun, Bentley welcomed Digital Trends to go through a day driving the 2020 Continental GT V8 from California's Napa Valley to Silicon Valley. Roadsters like our test vehicle start at $198,500, or $16,100 not exactly a W12 model. Be that as it may, the value rises rapidly once alternative boxes are ticked. Prominent choices on our test vehicle incorporated a $8,800 Naim sound framework, $6,364 Bentley Rotating Display, and the Touring Specification ($8,385) and City Specification ($5,360) bundles, which include different driver helps.

Less chambers, same style

Except if you pop the hood, outwardly it's difficult to tell a V8-fueled Continental GT from a W12 model. The main giveaways are quad tailpipes and inconspicuous "V8" outside identifications. Everything else is the equivalent – which is certainly not an awful thing.

Bentley is tied in with joining customary extravagance with a portion of energy, and the Continental GT's outside styling passes on that impeccably. It's an exceptionally huge vehicle with an upstanding, formal grille. Round headlights give the vehicle a somewhat retro look. Be that as it may, the huge wheel curves (Bentley offers wheels up to 22 crawls in breadth to fill them) encased in articulated bumper wrinkles (made by warming aluminum boards to 932 degrees Fahrenheit and embellishment them into shape) include some visual muscle. Bentley rushed to note changes in extents from the past Continental GT, which required a ton of exertion to accomplish.

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"These are extravagant millimeters," Peter Guest, Bentley product offering executive, said of the movements, which incorporated a shorter front shade and a changed wheelbase that made more space between the front hub and entryways for a great taxi rearward outline. Everything means a vehicle that looks a lot tauter and more athletic than its antecedent.

One gets the feeling that "plastic" is a messy word at Bentley.

In any case, a Bentley is extremely about the inside experience. The nature of the materials and the craftsmanship give the vibe of sitting in an English privileged person's parlor, and put most different vehicles to disgrace. Nearly all that you contact – even the blinker stalks – is genuine metal, wood, or calfskin. One gets the feeling that "plastic" is a filthy word at Bentley.

Here's a case of Bentley's tender loving care. Our test vehicle additionally donned Côtes de Genève, a sort of machined aluminum treatment on the inside reassure trim board normally held for fine Swiss watches. Scores are sliced into the metal to exact details by human craftspeople, not robots, making an excellent piece with a carefully assembled feel not regularly found in present day vehicles. It's really awful the entirety of that sparkling metal additionally blinds the driver when the sun is at an inappropriate point.

Tasteful tech

Inside tastefulness wasn't an issue for the past age Continental GT, yet its absence of forward-thinking tech was. Bentley revised that with the Continental GT W12, and those tech highlights persist to the V8 model.

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The Continental GT V8 is accessible with an advanced instrument group, heads-up show, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment framework dependent on Audi's MMI. That is a quite strong establishment, and we discovered it as instinctive to utilize this time around as when we examined it in a Continental GT W12 convertible as of late. Be that as it may, Bentley just offers Apple CarPlay, so Android Auto clients are stuck between a rock and a hard place. While we enjoyed the carefully rendered checks, we felt the guide illustrations were somewhat fundamental for a $200,000 vehicle.

Most different pieces of the experience impeccably satisfy the sticker price, however. For example, the focal touchscreen is there when you need it, yet with the discretionary Bentley Rotating Display it vanishes when you don't. That disposes of a significant interruption while driving, and the imperfection of a clear screen when the vehicle is off.

Bentley wasn't as shrewd when it came to driver helps. The Continental GT V8 makes them incorporate, versatile voyage control, path keep help, and night vision, however they're discretionary additional items, and nothing you won't discover on other, more affordable vehicles.

Similarly as with the Continental GT W12, the V8 model gets three sound framework alternatives: the standard, unbranded framework flaunts 10 speakers and 650 watts, the mid-level Bang and Olufsen framework wrenches things up to 1,500 watts, with 16 speakers, while the range-besting choice is a 18-speaker, 2,200-watt, Naim framework. Our test vehicle had the Naim framework. Its gathering piece is a progression of bass transducers under the front seats that let the driver and front traveler feel the music just as hear it. In particular, it felt both like getting a back rub and like driving over a washboard street. We found the framework amazing generally, yet the best sounds in the Continental GT still originate from the in the engine, not from the speakers.

Past numbers

This is one situation where the numbers don't recount to the entire story.

The Continental GT V8 has a lot of intensity, and can arrive at far-fetched speeds rapidly, however on paper the more costly W12 model obviously trounces it. The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 creates 542 drive and 568 pound-feet of torque, yet the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 makes 626 hp and 664 lb-ft. The V8 car can quicken from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, as indicated by Bentley. That is amazing for a vehicle gauging the equivilant of a little house at almost 5,000 pounds, yet the W12 is 0.3 second snappier. The V8 roadster can top 198 mph, as per Bentley, however the W12 can do 207 mph.

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Those couple of tenths of a second and miles for every hour don't mean a lot of when you're in the driver's seat of this moving castle. The Continental GT V8 is the better of the two motors to drive. The V8 is just somewhat lighter than the W12, yet it has a monstrous effect in controlling feel. Expelling that smidgen of weight from the front end makes the vehicle feel livelier, and progressively anxious to turn in while cornering. The V8 sounds better, as well. It's both stronger and more threatening than the W12, giving some disposition to this generally secured down extravagance cruiser. It resembles blending knuckle reinforcements with a Savile Row suit.

The transmission's propensity to re-think the driver negates the Continental GT's donning strategic.

Like the Continental GT W12, the V8 model gets standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed double grip transmission. Bentley decided on a double grasp gearbox rather than the customary torque-converter programmed to accomplish quicker moves, yet at the danger of refinement. It appeared to be an advantageous tradeoff: we didn't see an especially harsh movements, and the double grip gearbox was surely very quick. We simply wish it would hold outfits in manual mode. The transmission's inclination to re-think the driver repudiates the Continental GT's brandishing strategic.

The Continental GT V8 additionally gets the Bentley Dynamic Ride dynamic suspension framework from the W12 model and the Bentayga SUV, in spite of the fact that it's not standard gear. A 48-volt electrical framework powers electric engines, which control the counter move bars. The framework basically pulls on the body to balance move in corners, however can likewise withdraw the counter move bars in Comfort mode to empower a smoother ride. The framework is vital to making such a major, substantial, vehicle move through corners, without trading off the ride quality Bentley clients anticipate.

Bentley Dynamic Ride additionally adds to a most exceptional aspect regarding the Continental GT: it's one of only a handful not many vehicles where changing the driving mode really has any kind of effect. In Sport mode, speeding up goes from brisk to fierce, and the suspension hardens up obviously. Solace mode causes street blemishes to vanish, but at the costly of taking care of sharpness. The default Bentley mode offers a decent bargain between the two split characters.

EPA mileage evaluations for the Continental GT V8 are not accessible right now, as U.S. conveyances won't start until in the not so distant future. The V8 will probably be more eco-friendly than the W12, attributable to its littler uprooting. In any case, given the general size of the two motors, "to a lesser extent a gas guzzler" is most likely an increasingly precise depiction.


The Bentley Continental GT has a little gathering of adversaries, each offering a somewhat extraordinary interpretation of the huge extravagance car idea.

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Mercedes-AMG S63 car (base value: $170,445): The S63 is likewise controlled by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, however it has more power (603 hp and 664 lb-ft). The Merc is speedier to 60 mph than the Bentley (3.4 seconds) yet has a lower top speed (186 mph). Mercedes offers progressively expand infotainment tech and more driver helps, however Bentley can guarantee a more pleasant inside and more honed dealing with.

BMW M850i xDrive (base value $112,895): It's a comparable story to the huge Merc here. BMW's leader car has less power than the Bentley (523 hp, 553 lb-ft), is faster to 60 mph (3.6 seconds) and has a lower top speed (155 mph). BMW additionally offers greater infotainment tech and driver helps at a lower cost than Bentley, yet the 8 Series likewise feels like even more a ware item.

Moves Royce Wraith (base value: $322,500): Rolls-Royce doesn't do a section level V8 variant of its car, so the main motor accessible in the Wraith is a 624-hp V12. Be that as it may, notwithstanding the additional chambers, the Wraith takes 4.4 seconds to arrive at 60 mph from a stop. While a Rolls is as yet a definitive grown-up toy, the Wraith is likewise an a lot more established structure the Continental GT, with less present tech.

Aston Martin DB11 V8 (base value: $198,995): This Aston utilizes a form of Mercedes-AMG's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, making 503 hp and 513 lb-ft of torque. The Bentley is 0.1 second faster to 60 mph, and has a higher top speed, however the Aston has an a lot sportier character, crossing over any barrier between excellent tourer and all out sports vehicle. Be that as it may, that adversely impacts the inside, which is confined and by and large disappointing contrasted with the Bentley cockpit. The Aston additionally does not have a touchscreen.

Significant serenity

Bentley offers a three-year guarantee with boundless mileage. The Continental GT shares numerous parts with the Bentayga SUV, and the V8 motor is less mind boggling than the W12, however generally speaking this is as yet an extremely convoluted vehicle that requires an exclusive expectation of upkeep. Crash-test evaluations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are not accessible right now.

How DT would arrange this vehicle

Our optimal Continental GT V8 car would be prepared like our test vehicle. We would include the Bentley Dynamic Ride suspension framework, Bentley Rotating Display, the Naim sound framework, and the Touring Specification and City Specification bundles, so as to pick up driver helps.

Purchasing a Bentley is about more than gathering a considerable rundown of alternatives, however. Bentley offers 17 standard outside paint hues, and up to 70 hues in its "broadened go." within, clients can pick between 17 calfskin conceal hues, nine facade trim choices, and complexity sewing. There is no reason not to go wild with hues, and make a vehicle extraordinary.


What it needs crude power, the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 more than compensates for in character. The V8 motor includes an additional layer of sensation to this stately roadster, and still offers more snort than most drivers will ever require, in any case. In the Bentley, less truly is more.


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