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by Karl Peskett

Bentley has released a short video teaser of its forthcoming V8 which will find its way under the bonnet of the volume seller of the brand, the Continental GT.

Bentley has usually reserved V8s for its flagship models – Arnage, Azure, Brooklands, etc – but next year a 4.0-litre V8 will debut, and while power and torque figures haven’t been released, the video does demonstrate what the new V8 sounds like. Given the current W12 isn’t exactly a symphonic great, it’s heartening to know the V8 brings a decent soundtrack to the Continental range.

Whether it will use forced induction is still up for debate, with some touting the fact that this will be an “entry level” Bentley and so wouldn’t want to cannibalise sales of the W12 model. Others point to the fact that all current Bentleys are turbocharged, and this will be no different.

How well are your ears trained? Let us know in the comments below whether you think this sounds like a turbocharged V8, or a naturally aspirated variant.

  • theillestlife

    proof-read the article…
    “Bentley has usually reserved V8s for its flagship models — Arnage, Azure, Brooklands, etc”

    bently’s from my knowledge have been V12…

    • theillestlife


      just thought i’d fix my typo before a spelling troll gets on my back :)

      • Monk

        As you are expressing it as a plural, there should be no apostrophe

    • rs250

      1 – Arnage, Azure et al have been Bentley’s traditional 6.75 V8.

      2 – The current Continental GT engine is actually a W12.

    • Zej

      Going back through Bentley’s history, I can’t think of a single production V12 model… inline fours, inline sixes, inline eights, V-eights…. and W12’s since VW took over.

      Even Rolls-Royce only had the Phantom III, Silver Seraph and current Phantom (+ variants) as V12’s.

  • Mr Gaspo

    Monk, correct.. If plural an apostrophe is not used. If one was using Bently in a singular possessive sense then one would used an apostrophe followed by an “s”.

    • Monk

      For example, “One’s Bentley’s propensity to sh*t all over Mono’s Rolls”

  • Mr Gaspo

    A perfect car to proceed in a brisk manner. I once had to stop behind a broken down brown Datsun 180B… So a rolled down my window, flicked some cigar ash away, leaned out and told the driver if he would not mind moving his filthy little carriage out of the way. I was late for Brandys at the club.

    • Mono

      Perfect car? Ha! My Rolls looks down at you…

  • Mr Gaspo

    A sporting gentleman who does their own driving only does so in a Bentley… The chauffeur is clearly reserved for more stately progress in a Rolls.

  • Shak

    For some reason i think its NA and not Turbocharged. It just doesnt seem to have the induction noise of a turbo car.