Bentley Introduces 2015 Continental GT V8 S: Detroit 2014

The arrival Continental GT V8 S Coupé and Convertible that unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week will appease those who want just a bit more power from the Bentley Continental GT V8.

While the standard Continental GT V8 produces 500 horsepower and 487 pound of torque from its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the new S model boosts those numbers to 521 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque. Power continues to be sent to all wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, with the extra fistful of power shortening the time it takes the grand coupe to reach 60 MPH from from 4.6 seconds in the GT V8 to 4.5 in the GT V8 S. Meanwhile, top speed is boosted to a dizzying 192 MPH from 188.

In introducing the V8 to the Continental GT lineup, Bentley is looking to add a more economical alternative to the larger 6.0 liter W12-powered Continental GT (567 hp, 516 lb-.ft. of torque), with the V8 S returning the same fuel economy as the standard V8, or 15 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

Visually, the V8 S retains the styling seen on the Continental GT V8, save for a few distinct styling elements, including a new front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser, 20-inch wheels, and a Bentley badge with a red background. Inside, the V8 S is standard Bentley, with a range of luxurious interior upholstery and dashboard trims available through Bentley’s bespoke interior customization program.

Pricing for the Continental GT V8 S Coupé and Convertible has yet to be announced, but expect both to cost thousands more than the standard hard- and soft-top Continental GT V8, which rings in at $175,700 (for the coupe) in the United States.

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