Any lingering doubt you might have had that, with the removal of four cylinders, Bentley might have removed some of the more compelling aspect's of the Continental's performance linger no longer than it takes for your right foot to propel the pedal from rest to carpet.
At our test track, the GTC accelerated from a standstill to 60mph in 4.5 sec, and on to 100mph in just 10.8sec. Given that, a few moments earlier, the V8 had tipped our scales at a fairly monumental 2530kg, that is no mean feat. Bentley's aim was to reduce fuel consumption with this car but, evidently, didn't necessarily ally that to a particular drop in weight. It's only 15kg less than the W12 GTC we road tested in 2006.
However, it isn't so much the acceleration figures that impress, as the way that the V8 GTC goes about its business.
As befits a car sporting a winged 'B' on its prow, the GTC has a duality of character. Woofle about at low speeds and low revs and it'll shift gears on the eight-speed auto 'box almost imperceptibly, while emitting the kind of muted yet powerful-sounding exhaust 'whump' that makes a pleasing accompaniment to any automotive promenade.