Bentley’s foray into more youthful designs has yielded the 2020 Continental GT V8 siblings: coupe and convertible. Being bereft of Bentley’s W12 hasn’t left the pair the least bit self-conscious, though; after all, they’re a little more fuel-efficient. Not much, but a little.
The V8s have a more aggressive exhaust sound than the V12, and the Dynamic Ride system is not standard. But the cars have plenty going on underneath the hood; the V8 can make 542 HP and 568 lb-ft of torque, a difference of 84 HP and 96 lb-ft of torque when compared with the monster W12. The weight hasn’t changed, one would expect, still hovering around the 5,500- pound mark, but Bentley wouldn’t put any car into production without it being able to get up and go just fine.
The 20” wheels and quad exhaust tips should appeal to the young buyer; metallic grilles also look a touch more youthful. Other than that, the V8 doesn’t depart from the W12 on the outside. The cabin, too, looks as spectacular as ever. Bentley’s exteriors are possessed of many a charm, but the interiors—with their extravagant, highly engineered luxury comfort level, their instrument layout and tech, and their audiophile-grade sound systems—go a long way toward selling these cars. The British have always owned the touring car. Perhaps they always will.
Pricing for the 2020 V8 Continental GT starts around $204K for the coupe and $224K for the convertible. The W12 commands a base price of $220K; it is evident that the V8 is not a downgrade by any means. Bentley says the models will be available late this year.