After essentially reinventing Bentley when it was introduced in 2002, the Continental GT has become something of an icon among high-end super luxury coupes. The GT is offered with an Audi-derived 4.0-liter V8 and a 6.0-liter W12, and each engine is available in two power tunes. A convertible dubbed GTC is offered for buyers who prefer a droptop.

The twin-turbocharged V8 engine promises much improved fuel economy while retaining most of the 12-cylinder’s power. The eight-cylinder sends 500 horsepower and 487 lb-ft. of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, enough to send the heavy coupe from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of over 180 mph. Fuel economy comes in at 15 city, 24 highway miles per gallon.

Although the V8-equipped Continental GT is technically the range’s entry-level vehicle, Bentley isn’t treating it as such. V8 models come fitted with a unique black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and center bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-color strakes. Out back, the car gets unique chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and a red enamel ‘B’ trunklid badge.

The V8 model comes standard with 20-inch wheels, but a bespoke, 21-inch wheel package is also available.

Bentley also offers a more potent (and more expensive) V8-powered model called GT V8 S that gains an additional 20 horsepower and 15 lb-ft. of torque, pumping the engine’s output to 521 ponies and 502 lb-ft. of twist. As a result of the power boost, the GT V8 S sprints to 60 mph from a stop in 4.3 seconds before topping out at 192 mph.

GT V8 S models gain special 20-inch wheels, a body kit, bespoke fender badging and two exclusive paint shades. Inside, the changes include available two-tone trim choices.

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