Finally, it seems the V8-powered Bentley Continental GT is about to land as it’s set for debut at the next Detroit Motor Show.
So Bentley too is going down the downsizing path. They are not going to kill off the W12 though, like what Mercedes did with the SL-Class. The V8 will be an option for those who doesn’t need all that power in their life.
Different versions of this twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 make between 552 to 620 hp in the Speed models. It is an awesome engine and makes this heavy old hector pretty brisk. But you will be struggling to get anything better than 12/19 mpg city/highway. The 4.0 liter V8 will boost economy, but don’t expect anything incredible because Bentley is not going to sacrifice power and speed for the sake of more mpg.
It’s wrong to think of the GT V8 as an eco-minded Continental. This car has greater marketing goals than environmental ones. The V8 GT will be competing with cars like Mercedes CL and Jaguar XK. It will probably be more expensive than its rivals, but those who buy luxury coupes like the Mercs and Jags usually don’t mind spending a bit more, especially when that little bit more can get them a Bentley.