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Paris 2010: 2011 Bentley Continental GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

Bentley has provided its Continental GT with a total refresh for the 2011 model year. The styling has been updated and the luxury coupe is expected to gain a second engine option. The traditional 6.0-liter W12 unit will still be available albeit with more power, but Bentley has also let slip that it will offer a new V8 engine. This eight-cylinder unit will apparently be a twin-turbocharged Audi engine which is potentially capable of 550 horsepower. Now, word from Autocar suggests that Bentley would like to pair that engine with Audi's S tronic dual-clutch transmission.

The S tronic unit is currently employed throughout most of the Four-Ringed family lineup. Adding it to the Bentley will present an interesting challenge, however, due to the fact that the underbody of the Continental GT has a nice ZF six-speed automatic transmission-shaped hole. The ZF automatic is the gearbox used for the W12. Bentley's engineers are now doing feasibility studies to see if they can get the dual-clutch gearbox to fit.


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Live photos by Zach Bowman/Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Aren't you getting S tronic and R tronic confused?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not...but my editor is.

        Dammit, I'm fired aren't I?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only transposition error is the last sentence.
      Longitudinal single dry clutch is not appropriate for Bentley, even if they put 8 gears in it.

      The longitudinal double clutch pack can augmented for enhanced torque handling capacity. The clutch assembly is separate from the gears/bearing.

      Why wouldn't Bentley just use the ZF 8 speed automatic for both engines?
      W12 8 speed auto; V8 7 speed double clutch seems like unnecessary differentiation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mixing up the gearbox information in such an obvious way is a bit unexpected for Autoblog.

      Frankly, I hope the R8 (and gallardo by extension) gets the S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox, as well, instead of the current R-tronic/E-gear.

      A healthy update to the V8 engine in the R8, (although perhaps minus the twin turbos, or a supercharger, instead, just for the sake of decreased fire risk...) plus the S-tronic, would be fantastic.

      The bentley GT otherwise doesn't impress me. In that realm, I'd rather have an Aston Martin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Audi R8 uses the R-Tronic single clutch setup. The S-Tronic is a wet dual clutch setup used in the most of the other cars with the exception of the TT and A3 which uses the transverse dry dual clutch S-Tronic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, we swapped R and S. Sorry about that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats pretty cool, I know its out of my price point but I'm looking fwd to this 4.0 liter twin turbo v8, combined with DCT can't be bad. It'll be sure to drop acceleration times as well. It'll be a luxurious GTR