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Video: V8-Powered 2013 Bentley Continental GT and GTC Revealed

Bentley reveals their new V8-powered Continental GT and GTC only a few weeks ahead of their Detroit live debut.

Only a few weeks ahead of its official live debut at the Detroit Auto Show, Bentley has just revealed details and pictures of their new V8-engined Continental GT and GTC. Both the coupe and convertible will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with 500hp and 487lb-ft of torque and mated to a new 8-speed automatic slushbox. The automaker claims this engine has a 40 percent improvement in fuel economy and C02 emissions, which is vital for upcoming international regulations.

However, performance is still solid with a sub-5 second acceleration time from 0 to 60 mph. Top speed is reportedly over 180 mph. More official figures will be made available early next year. However, don't be confused by the new V8 option with the existing 6.0-liter W12 engine, which continues on now as the premium engine option. So how does one see the difference between the V8 and the W12 versions? Bentley says the V8 Continental is distinguishable by a black gloss matrix grille with a chrome frame and center bar. Additionally, there's a red enamel Bentley 'B' badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper.

The rear end also has a few changes, featuring the same 'B' badge and chrome 'figure eight' exhaust tailpipes. Official pricing hasn't been released, but we'll have more detailed specs and photos as we get closer to next month's premiere North American auto show.

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