The Bentley Continental GT V8 makes so a long way more sense than the W12. Whereas you admire your abundant tourers as excessive as which that you can also judge of, even though, the charm is comprehensible, particularly in case your W12 Conti of preference is the fresh GT Flee.
It capabilities a happy version of that 6.0-litre beast of an engine, with the energy output mountain climbing from 626 to 650bhp, while the torque stays as is at 664lb ft. 0-60mph now takes correct 3.6 seconds, an boost of two tenths, and the tip inch is 208mph. That’s 6mph greater than an authentic W12 Continental, and 1mph greater than the W12 Flying Spur.
The uplift in efficiency isn’t the most appealing component the Flee has over its ‘lesser’ stablemates. Bentley has furthermore given the vehicle a rear-wheel steerage machine which is “enormously more full of life” than the setup found on the Flying Spur, and a fresh electronically-managed limited-bolt differential.
Predicament it to Sport mode, and the Continental GT sends more energy to the rear the typical W12 does, while the eight-inch twin-take hang of gearbox shifts cogs twice as fleet. The electronic steadiness preserve watch over can with out distress be grew to change into off if preferred, but when left on, it intervenes great later than it outmoded to. As forward of, there’s a 3-chamber air suspension setup and full of life anti-roll bars powered by a 48-volt subsystem.
The Continental GT Flee’s abundant iron brakes may maybe almost definitely furthermore be swapped for now not mandatory carbon ceramics, lopping 33kg from the vehicle’s unsprung mass. The abundant rotors are squeezed by 10-piston calipers at the entrance and 4-pot calipers at the rear.
The stoppers stay below 22-lumber wheels bespoke to the GT, which were added alongside with tweaked entrance and rear bumpers plus sportier side skirts.
Inner, there’s the inevitable amplify in Alcantara spend plus some ‘Flee’ badging, but as with every of Bentley’s gadgets, the map it appears to be like to be like is extremely great up to you. There are 15 predominant leather hides to spend from, and a dizzying vary of dashboard veneers on provide. Crewe’s legendary leather quilting comes as typical.
The label is unknown, but to give you with an belief of how great it may maybe probably almost definitely rate a diminutive of, the typical W12 starts at £159,000 and can with out distress be specced previous £200,000. It’ll be launched within the third quarter of 2021.