Ahead of its public unveiling at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show that runs from 10th September to 22nd September, Bentley has released some images of the latest Continental GT. Over a year ago Bentley launched the V8 version of the Continental with the intension that it would increase sales because of its lower price point. Unfortunately as the power output of the V8 wasn’t much lower than that of the W12 powered Continental GT Speed and because the prices were also pretty close, Bentley’s V8 Continental didn’t generate the interest the British marque was expecting.
Bentley will be hoping that the arrival of the Bentley Continental GT S will correct this for them. While owners of the W12 powered Speed have been enjoying 616bhp since 2012, new owners brought to the brand through the S will find 521bhp. The power for the S comes from the same 4.0 litre V8 found in the standard V8 machine but it’s been uprated by 21bhp and torque has also been increased by 15 lb-ft to 502lb ft.
The drivetrain and transmission feature the firm’s ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive. The 0-62 mph sprint is quicker than the standard machine by 0.3 secs, so drivers will get to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds. Bentley has also squeezed an additional 4 mph from the top end which is now 192 mph. All the added performance and power hasn’t led to any difference in CO2 emissions, which remain at 246g/km, or the economy, as this V8 also returns 26.8mpg.
At launch, a convertible and coupe model will be available, but the British brand has not provided any information on the exact specs or the prices. More information about the GT S will be made available during the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt.