Bentley’s entry-level V8 Continental GT, on sale in 2012, is planned to lift GT production back to its peak of 5000 units, a number not seen since the recession halved output.
The V8 is set to appeal to a new group of buyers, especially in the US, where V8s are valued.
Bentley unveiled the Continental GT at the Paris motor show at the beginning of this month.
It will cost from £135,760, an increase of almost £10,000 on the current car's £126,500 sticker price.
The new model is charged with continuing the magnificent success of the 2003 original.
It might not look too different, but the Conti' has gained a raft of major updates, including a new engine and a still-secret 4.0-litre direct injection V8.
The 2011 version of Bentley’s familiar twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 gets handy tweaks to its engine management electronics and some new low-friction measures that together boost both power and torque, from 552bhp to 567bhp and from 479lb ft to 516lb ft.
Bentley isn’t saying much about its all-new V8 except that the capacity is 4.0 litres. It is highly likely to be turbocharged and it’ll come a year after the new Conti’s launch next March. The V8 version will still have four-wheel drive, engineers say.