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Bentley will unveil two new Bentley Continental V8 models at the Detroit Auto Show in January, both equipped with a new 4.0 liter, twin turbocharged V8 engine with cylinder deactivation. The new engine and a new close-ratio 8-speed transmission help meet Bentley’s commitment to a new powertrain delivering a 40% improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

The V8 delivers maximum power of 500 bhp (507 PS/373 kW) at 6000 rev/min and an peak torque of 660 N·m (487 lb-ft) available across the rev range from 1700 to 5000 rev/min. With the 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a sub-5 second acceleration time 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) and a top speed of more than 180 mph (290km/h).

The new V8 Continental models are capable of travelling more than 500 miles (800km) on a single tank of fuel; full and official figures will be released in early 2012.

The new V8 engine features variable displacement (i.e., reduction from 8 to 4 cylinders under certain load conditions); high-pressure direct-injection; low friction bearings; thermal management, energy recuperation via the charging system; and turbocharger packaging for greater efficiency.

The two new V8 Continental models will be offered beneath the flagship 6.0 liter, 12-cylinder engined Continental GT and GTC.



Enough power for a large army tank?


sub-5 second acceleration time 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) and a top speed of more than 180 mph (290km/h)

fast tank


About 1/3 the power of a main battle tank (M1a1, Leopard 2 are both 1500 hp)

It just shows how inefficient those old cars were.

The main benefit will be the increase in range - you won't have to stop for fuel so often. (The money probably doesn't matter so much to the owners of such cars).

But a long way from a BMW 520D or Prius (or a Passat).

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sub-5 second acceleration time 0-60 500 miles (800km) on a single tank a top speed of more than 180 mph

An ideal car for Wall Street bankers.


Fred Flintstone will order one of these beauties.

Aaron Turpen

Prius: ugly
Bently: beautiful

Prius: uncomrfortable
Bentley: the ultimate in luxury

Prius: no one over 6 feet fits well
Bentley: everyone fits

Prius: drives like a farm tractor
Bentley: smoothest drive available

There's a reason these cars cost a boatload of money and are considered the car to have if you're flaunting your net worth. There's also a reason they'll never go away.


And my Maybach is better than your Bentley. Duh.

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