The Bentley Continental GT V8 is a darn good car. The GT V8 S, even more so. It's only logical, then that an even hotter Conti GT would be commensurately better. At least, we're hoping that's what the minds at Bentley's Crewe, UK headquarters were thinking when they dispatched this bewinged GT V8 to the Nürburgring.

This Conti GT stands out not only because of its wing, but because of its improved aerodynamics as a whole. A new front fascia, complete with a body-color lip spoiler is the big visual takeaway of this car's sportier intensions, while our spies claim this white whale rides on a lowered, firmer suspension.

The real question about this car has to do with its powerplant, though. What's under hood? The GT V8 S returns an impressive 521 horsepower while the base Conti W12 churns out 567 ponies, meaning there isn't a lot of wiggle room between what is currently the priciest V8 model and the cheapest twelve-cylinder car. The 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, though, is certainly capable of handling more than 521 hp, as Audi uses a 560-hp variant in the RS7. Our spies, meanwhile, suggest that this may merely be an even lighter version of the GT V8 S - maybe like an RS model - that is lighter and stiffer, but no more powerful.

It's really anyone's guess as to what Bentley is up to. Here's hoping we find out soon, though. Take a look up top for our gallery of images from the Nürburgring, and then hop down below into Comments and let us know what you think Bentley is playing at.


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      Derek Sanders
      • 8 Months Ago
      A honda civic ricer spoiler on a bentley is not a good look.
      throwback
      • 8 Months Ago
      Can any street Bentley ever be considered hard core?
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      How do you define 'hardcore' for Bentley? Pedestrian leather (like you'd find in a Ford or other non-luxury brand) and fake wood?
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      Impressive these days starts at 600hp.
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      Who are these people that want hardcore Bentley V8's? If you want hardcore you get a Ferrari, McLaren, or Aston. A Bentley is a posh living room on wheels. Handling and dynamic performance on a Bentley is an afterthought. Furthermore, getting the discounted V8 is just absurd. If you can't afford the car then you shouldn't buy it.
        juststudent
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        people who want dynamic performance with posh living room on wheels?
      RetrogradE
      • 8 Months Ago
      "Is Bentley Testing A Hardcore Continental GT?" So, are they?
      Where's the cheese?
      • 8 Months Ago
      These Continentals are getting overplayed. The last generation SuperSports was something else but this generation has released way too many new variants in a short amount of time for a car considered exclusive.