2013 Bentley Continental: Powerful and It Flies (or “Was Flown”)

Although the 2013 Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8 models are not yet available in the U.S., and so what information we have is somewhat limited, it is worth noting that the crew from Crewe (or Wolfsburg: remember, Bentley is part of the Volkswagen Group) felt it necessary to develop V8 models to supplement the 631-hp W12 Continental. (Yes, that’s as in 12 cylinders.) One of the features of the new V8 is a variable displacement system that works with an engine management system such that there can be a transition from using eight cylinders to four when under light throttle load.

Although the 2013 Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8 models are not yet available in the U.S., and so what information we have is somewhat limited, it is worth noting that the crew from Crewe (or Wolfsburg: remember, Bentley is part of the Volkswagen Group) felt it necessary to develop V8 models to supplement the 631-hp W12 Continental. (Yes, that’s as in 12 cylinders.)

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One of the features of the new V8 is a variable displacement system that works with an engine management system such that there can be a transition from using eight cylinders to four when under light throttle load.

And a consequence of this is that the engine, which is rated at 500 bhp at 6,000 rpm, along with an eight-speed transmission, and an all-wheel drive system with a Torsen diff and a 40:60 power split, can move the beast to a top speed of over 180 mph while still being sufficiently thrifty such that the company says that the car is able to travel over 500 miles on a single tank of fuel.

Assuming that they are using the same 24-gallon tank that is used in the W12 version of the Continental, this means that they’re looking at about 20.8 mpg, which isn’t in the least bit bad for a car that tips the scales at 5,059 lb.

However, it seems as though the company wanted to save some gas—at least in the tank of the car—during its debut last week in Munich, when it was hoisted by helicopter to a bridge between two skyscrapers for a VIP party:

Once in place, it sort of looks like it doesn’t know what to do next, 500 bhp notwithstanding:

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