Bentley Continental GTC V8
We remember our own moans when Bentley first confirmed a V-8 would be added to the Continental range. With the massive Lamborghini V-10 still powering the S6 and S8 and the new twin-turbo V-8 nowhere in sight, we envisioned a terrible world of slow, subpar Bentleys. Sliding in underneath the base W-12 and far underneath the GTC Speed, which is the fastest four-seat convertible in the world, the V-8 is much more than we thought it would be. It’s 500-horsepower is plenty powerful, offering sporty amounts of go while still being able to drive 500 miles on a single tank of gas. It can go from zero-to-60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds and tops out at 187 miles per hour on the track while bringing back 24 miles to the gallon on the highway. It retains the muscular sheetmetal, four-wheel-drive system, eight-speed automatic transmission, premium hides and real wood veneers offered in the W-12s, but it brings it in at a reduced price point while improving the model line’s overall efficiency. Now that’s nothing to balk at.
Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8
0-60: 4.7 seconds
Top Speed: 187 mph
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Torque: 487 foot-pounds