What is it?
It's a car that has been with us in its current generation since 2011, but the basic design has been kicking around since 2003, being both instantly recognisable and a fascinating divider of opinion among modern society. Whatever your thoughts on it, there's no denying that the Continental GT has been a success for Bentley.
It's easy to forget the GT is offered with a V8, given that for so long it was synonymous with the firm's mammoth W12, but this S Coupé model's twin-turbocharged 4.0 V8 is anything but second rate. The V8 S will sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.5sec - despite weighing in excess of 2.2 tonnes - and will carry on to 192mph.
To recap, Bentley introduced the V8 S as a more sporting alternative to the entry-level, standard V8. As such, it gets more power (521bhp vs 500bhp), 10mm lower sport suspension and spring rates increased by 45% at the front and 33% at the rear. Its bushes are stiffer, too, and so is its rear anti-roll bar. It's pretty firm, then.
Beyond that the V8 S benefits from a revised steering system designed to offer more precision, and its traction control has its dial turned a little further towards 'fun'. Like all Conti GTs, there's an all-wheel drive system with a 60/40 power split in favour of the rear wheels and a Torsen differential to exploit it.
Bentley's 2015 facelift of its GT has rather left the V8 in the shadow of the W12, the latter getting a power and torque hike to even more preposterous levels. Even so, the V8 still gets a new bumper, badge and alloy wheel designs, a different rear spoiler, better standard equipment and the option of onboard wi-fi.