It’s an unfair comparison to make, but the Bentley Continental GT V8 Convertible is fast. The coupe version is fast. The convertible version is really fast. It is truly, really fast.
The track-day version of the Continental GT V8 is a fair comparison. Imagine a 400 horsepower V8 coupé and a go-kart coupe. It is exactly what you’d expect.
[The Convertible is more powerful than the coupe version because it comes with a sports rear spoiler in place of the fixed roof surface. For Bentley, the convertible’s car-crawling stiffness is the key here.]
The Continental GT V8’s electric motor may be great for blast-away time in a straight line, but it’s much more important when using the 3.6-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine. This engine is the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever. At 12,750 horsepower and 691 lb-ft of torque, it will blitz most Nordschleife roads at up to 315 mph. That’s blistering.
But that’s not the end of the story. The new GT V8 also comes with a vastly improved twin-clutch automatic transmission, which features simultaneous paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Also improving the all-wheel drive system, the new twin-clutch also features two locking differentials, so the system is capable of differentials with up to 18 different settings.
New standard performance technologies include all-new power steering and the start-stop system is now electric. Adding more 4Matic traction control, the GT’s chassis now features four independent shock absorbers.
The interior is also more powerful than ever. The 4.0-inch infotainment screen is much larger than the previous screen, and the driver can switch between Mercedes’ latest systems with a button on the steering wheel. The infotainment system even features a digital instrument cluster, as well as a digital speedometer on the speedo.
New in this version is an all-new semi-automatic speed limiter, which limits the automatic stop and go system to 50 km/h. The system uses the European driving speed limit of 130 km/h and will change accordingly.
Another new feature is rear parking sensors that can be activated from the Bluetooth interface. It will also tell the driver whether the parking sensors will tell the driver where to pull off the parking.
Bentley is known for putting the biggest, fastest, most luxurious cars on the road. Its best cars rarely shy away from a challenge. The new 2016 GT V8 Convertible is now part of that breed.