• Oct 7, 2010
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Bentley hasn't let much slip about the V8 that will be available in the 2011 Bentley Continental GT. However, each article that appears about Audi's use of the engine has one more little bit of information on it. According to what has been written we can piece together that it will be a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 550 horsepower. Bentley, though, hasn't given any indication of power output yet, though the 550 number was mooted in reference to next year's RS7 Sportback. If that were true for a V8 Continental GT, it could be uncomfortably close to the base V12 output.

Regardless, the latest news has the V8 will reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent compared to the W12, listed as 396 g/km. Bentley said during the release of the second-gen Continental that the V8 would have "a class-leading CO2 emissions-to-power ratio," but even with that in mind, 40 percent is still a huge jump. Unless they're talking about simply piling on a huge amount of emissions equipment, there figures to be a serious rise in the Conti's EPA mileage rating, currently at 13 miles per gallon. It still wouldn't break 20 mpg, but it would be close closer, and not inconsequential.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like more of a suit for the 'Contie then the W12......Still wish the 6.75 V8 from the Brookalnds was in it ):
      • 4 Years Ago
      They both belong to the VW family, so there's no element of surprise (hint: Bentley and VW Phaeton). Soon the Skoda owners, already smug with "I actually drive a VW/Audi, you know" attitude will be able to add Bentley to the list.

      But there's a problem. As with interbreeding in all families, the longer it goes and the closer the relations are, the more "genetically challenged" the kids will be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        TigerMil, the E63 AMG's natural rival in the Audi lineup is the RS6, not a theoretical "RS8"...

        Anyways, when Fifth Gear compared these two cars on a wet track a couple of months ago, the RS6 was quite a bit faster. It certainly has more raw horsepower, and Quattro helps, but the reviewer still preferred the comfort and overall enjoyment of the E63.

        Here's the whole episode of Fifth Gear. Go about 10 minutes in:

        Of course, the relevance of this will wane as the RS6 is going out of production now, and the next RS5 (which will almost assuredly have the V8 engine discussed in the article) isn't due for a few years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember well the day when Oldsmobile and Pontiac started using Chevrolet engines. They said they were "General Motors engines produced in a General Motors assembly plant". Ahh.. Yes... We know what happened to Oldsmobile and Pontiac don't we?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As ultra luxury makes share more and more with their corporate cousins, I find myself wanting ultra luxury less and less.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 4.0L V8 TT being shared between Audi and Bentley is no surprise at all. Besides the engine will only be used in Audi's lineup for RS models, the S versions will likely get a single turbo, supercharged, or downgraded version of the same basic engine.