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Bentley To Offer Two V8 Engines

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On: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bentley To Offer Two V8 Engines

When Bentley introduced the 2011 Continental GT back in the fall, it indicated that the model would be available with a V8 in addition to the W12 engine. Since that time, we've learned that  a 4.0-liter V8 is being developed for the car in conjunction with fellow VW automaker Audi. New rumors out of Europe now point to two V8 engine options that will be made available to Continental GT buyers next year.

According to an Autocar report, which cites "well placed sources" for its intel, Bentley will apply turbos to the 4.0-liter V8 reportedly being built in cooperation with Audi. The single-turbo version will put out 415 horses, while the twin-turbo version will put out 555 horses.

Upon its debut last September, the only Continental GT engine detailed was the traditional 6.0-liter W12. That engine got upgraded to 567 horses for the 2011 model year and gives the Continental GT one of the world's most dismal EPA ratings at 12/19 mpg. The V8 version will help Bentley to improve upon those numbers and will also give V8 fans something to cheer about.

Bentley is reportedly planning on equipping the V8 model with an Audi S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission. This will help to give it a sportier drive, which Bentley believes will appeal to the profile of buyer choosing the V8 over the W12 Continental.

The latest rumors don't indicate exactly when we can expect the Bentley V8 model(s) to hit the market, but indications from previous reports have been that it will be late this year or early next year.


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