Jan10

2013 Bentley Continental GT


Words and Photos| Mike Juergens

Since 2003 the 6.0 L W12 twin-turbo has been synonymous with the Bentley Continental GT.

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However, in 2011 Bentley introduced a new twin-turbo 4-litre V8 engine that produces 500 HP, only 100 less than the timeless W12. This particular “Violette” Bentley Continental GT V8 came optioned at $192,756.

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The new 4-litre was jointly developed with Audi. As mentioned in our Audi S6 review the 4-litre brings frugality to the luxury line. When cruising on the highway 4 of the 8 cylinders deactivate and are available at a moments notice.

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The V8 improves overall fuel consumption by 40% from the W12′s 17 mpg to the V8′s 26 mpg.  The V8 also delivers an exhaust note that will not disappoint. Along with its performance and a bit of agility gain that is lost with the weight of the W12.

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Bentley has not spared any expense with the V8 model. Everything is wrapped in the finest leather and it maintains the standard that is expected from Crewe.

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And, as long as you don’t mind purple, there’s not much left to be desired other than the bragging rights of having a twin-turbo W12 under the hood.