Sleeker, faster and more responsive. That’s the sort of car you’ll get if you splash out on any Bentley Continental GTs adorned with a new ‘S’ badge, the company says.
The Continental GT V8 S, available in both coupe and convertible body styles, uses the same 4-litre twin-turbo V8 as the standard car. However here it’s been tuned to produce 521bhp at 6,000rpm and 680Nm of torque at 1,700rpm – up from 500bhp and 663Nm.
Bentley promises the coupe version will dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in 4.5 seconds, while its convertible brother takes a tad longer at 4.7 seconds. Coupe and Convertible can carry onto a maximum speed of 192mph and 191mph, respectively.
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are unchanged at 26.8mpg and 246g/km.
Plenty appears to have been done to help ensure the GT V8 S corners quickly. The car’s sports suspension rides 10mm lower with spring rates increased by 45 per cent up front and 33 per cent at the rear, with revised damping and 70 per cent stiffer bushes for a more ‘engaging and responsive’ drive.
Crucially, Bentley has recalibrated the continuous damping control system to ensure the car rides as comfortably as one might expect.
Hooligans will be pleased to hear the Continental GT V8 S’s electronic stability control has been retuned to allow increased wheel slip at higher speeds. It’ll even hand torque back to the driver more quickly after it intervenes, meaning you can hang the tail out to your heart’s content. A recalibrated steering system promises improved steering accuracy and better feedback through the steering wheel.
You’ll be able to spot a Continental GT V8 S by its lower ride height, subtle front splitter, a rear diffuser finished in Beluga gloss, figure of eight tailpipes and signature 20-inch wheels that shroud red brake calipers.
Deliveries of the new Continental V8 S start in early 2014.