During the course of 2019/2020, we will see the third-generation Bentley Continental GT V8 on the roads.
The US is expecting the latest Bentley Continental GT to be available from the end of 2019 while the Europeans will see it in showrooms in early 20120.
Available as a coupe or convertible, the third-generation GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that spits out 542bhp and 770Nm of torque. The coupe sprints from 0-62mph in four seconds and its convertible sibling takes 0.1 seconds longer, while both will reach 198mph.
Bentley claims that, by using cylinder deactivation technology to shut down four of the engine’s eight cylinders, as well as the addition of a start-stop function, the new Continental GT V8 can travel 500 miles on a single tank.
The cars also boast an active all-wheel-drive system that, although primarily rear-wheel-drive, will vary the amount of torque distributed between the front and rear axle if the road conditions demand it.
Other features that Bentley say improve ride comfort include hollow anti-roll bars, air suspension, electric power steering and adaptive chassis control, while there are nine wheel designs in sizes from 20- to 22-inch to choose from.
Inside, the V8 models get a walnut dash and buyers can spec Bentley’s ‘Rotating Display' that houses a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, while behind the steering wheel sits a trio of analogue clocks. There's also a 10-speaker sound system while the leather seats boast twenty-way electrical adjustment, and the whole interior is available in a range of colours.
No prices just yet but expect it to be more than the model that's currently on sale. Although, as the saying goes, if you have to ask then you probably can't afford it.