Bentley's new V8 model sheds four cylinders, but is said to gain a 'characterful, burbling exhaust', and more agile handling than the W12.
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Bentley has unveiled a new Continental GT variant, with power from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 tuned to deliver 405kW of power and 770Nm of torque.

A rear-biased all-wheel drive system, electric power steering, automatic engine stop/start, and cylinder deactivation are all standard.

According to the luxury marque, the V8 is capable of whisking the coupe from 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds, while the convertible is able to complete the same metric in 4.1 seconds. Top speed is said to be 318km/h.

For comparison's sake, the W12 version of the Continental GT coupe has a 0-100km/h time of 3.7 seconds, while the W12 convertible needs 3.8 seconds. Top speed in the 12-cylinder models is 333km/h.

Available features on the V8 include 20- to 22-inch alloy wheels, quad exhaust tips, LED matrix headlights, a 10-speaker 650W sound system, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, air suspension setup, and digital instrumentation display.

Buyers can choose from a selection of leather colours and wood veneers, naturally.

The convertible also includes an electric folding fabric roof, which can be lowered in 19 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 30km/h, and a neck warmer built into the seats.

Deliveries of the Continental V8 are due begin during the third quarter of 2019 in the States, and from the first quarter of 2020 in other parts of the world. We've contacted Bentley's local division for more specific timing and pricing.