Engine tweaks are supported by a raft of chassis modifications
Aerodynamic styling revisions are the most obvious hints to extra potency
Continental GT and GTC S models have power boosted by 21bhp and torque increased by 15lb ft
The Continental GTC sees its 0-62mph time drop by 0.2sec to 4.5sec...
...while the GT V8's 0-60mph time falls by 0.3sec to 4.3sec
The gearbox's S mode sharpens response and holds gears for longer
Both models are 10mm lower than standard and feature revised spring rates
The cabin has received a small number of subtle modifications
New sill plates are among the changes
The ESP has a setting that allows a greater degree of slip
S models are claimed to have shaper steering than standard cars
A rear diffuser is among aerodynamic changes, along with...
...a new front splitter and side sills
Bentley has created performance-focused S versions of its V8-powered Continental GT and GTC models. Both the Bentley Continental GT V8 S and GTC V8 S will reach the UK early next year, after today's public debut at the Frankfurt motor show.
The all-wheel-drive Continental GT and GTC V8 S models harness a 521bhp version of Bentley’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. That’s 21bhp up on the standard V8, while torque gets a 15lb ft boost to 502lb ft.
The result is a drop in the GT V8’s 0-60mph time by 0.3sec to 4.3sec, and that of the Continental GTC by 0.2sec to 4.5sec. Top speed in both cars is up by 4mph - to 192mph for the coupé and 191mph for the convertible.
A sharpened ‘S’ mode is delivered through the close-ratio eight-speed automatic gearbox’s drive selector; throttle response is improved, gears are held for longer and the shifts are faster.
Accompanying the engine upgrades is a series of chassis modifications. The sports suspension sits 10mm lower, and the front spring rates have been increased by 45 per cent and the rears by 33 per cent over the standard car. The dampers are also revised for “a more engaging and responsive drive”. The bushes are 70 per cent stiffer and the rear anti-roll bar 54 per cent stiffer.
Other tweaks include a reworked steering system for sharper responses and better feedback, changes to the Continuous Damping Control system to try to preserve ride quality, and revisions to the ESC system to allow greater wheel slip before it intervenes.
Exterior styling changes add a front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser to improve the aerodynamics, a black gloss finish to the front grille and special 20in alloy wheels. There are subtle cabin revisions, too.
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