• Feb 1st 2011 at 11:29AM
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Autocar is reporting that Bentley buyers will be able to have their pick between two powerful iterations of the company's forthcoming 4.0-liter, direct-injection V8. The outlet sources "well-placed figures" as saying that the meaty eight-pot will arrive in both a single-turbo configuration with 415 horsepower and as a twin-turbo beast with a more potent 555 horsepower. The move is expected to be part of the Bentley crusade to offer more than 100 horsepower per liter in the Continental GT.

The smaller eight-pots are only part of the effort to deliver more diversification to the Continental range, and a smaller, less powerful V8 in place of the mighty W12 currently found under the hood might drop the price tag enough to allow the brand to be more accessible to the aspirational money-spenders of the world.

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[Source: Autocar]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      A V8 Continental for maybe around $150,000 would be awesome.
      Their sales would definitely see a pretty good spike and snatch away quite a few Mercedes and Porsche buyers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I haven't seen a price for the V8 GT, if the V12 costs about 180K, and V8 is 2/3 of V12, I'm guessing (and hoping) the V8 GT will be about 120K.

        Even if it's in that price range, most GT enthusiasts won't be able to buy it, but it will expand the market at the lower price. Also, leasing a V8 GT may expand the market even more since leasing costs much less.

        Does anyone know when the V8 will be available?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Would it have killed the photog to sponge the mud off the sidewalls before taking the photo?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing like a Bentley with some mud on the tires. That's my off road ride of choice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so long as they manage to keep torque @ or above the hp figures it should do alright
      • 4 Years Ago
      2 plox!
      • 4 Years Ago
      555hp? What would be the point of getting a W-12 then with only 50hp more?
        • 4 Years Ago

        And to say you have the biggest engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's 50hp more. BAM!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who can not like a car that Car& Driver referred to as both a "werewolf in a tuxedo" and "a savage and powerful brute that dotes upon his thimble collection"?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the 8 really a move to drop the price, or a move to bring wealthy customers who consider a 12 cylinder engine too consumptive?

      Ferrari offers 8s that cost stratospheric prices, while Aston's 8 might be a baby but still is not an inexpensive ride. Note that a V8 still powers the top spec Mulsanne. Perhaps Bentley realized that a 12 cylinder engine in a lesser model didn't make sense in the showroom?

      I'd wager that lowering the MSRP has little to do with this decision.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a coincidence. BMW has already a direct-injected turbo V8 with 4.4 liters and 407/555 hp... It was just a matter of time for Audi to target those numbers. For sure we'll see that engine also in the Audi range (A6, A7, A8, R8). Please Audi, don't take too long.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly my thoughts. This is clearly an Audi-developed engine anyway... I'm hearing rumblings about how Audi is "deciding" how much power to give the RS5... I hope to god they drop that twin-turbo in it. That chasis with 555hp? Dear god
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