Bentley customers in Oman discover power & glory in the new 2012 Continental GT V8 variant

Bentley customers in Oman discover power & glory in the new 2012 Continental GT V8 variant

Regional launch of model a super success

Bentley Oman has organised an exclusive preview and test drive of the new V8 Continental GT for select customers following a regional media ride and drive event that was hosted in Oman. The 2012 Continental GT V8 was received with great enthusiasm by discerning customers who have traditionally experienced exceptional levels of performance in a Bentley motor car.

James Armstrong, Brand Manager of Bentley Oman said: “The reception and feedback we had this time from our customers and prospects who saw and drove the V8 Continental GT has been incredible. And the first reports from top Middle East journalists also confirm how much they enjoyed driving the V8-powered Continental GT in the winding roads of the Sultanate enjoying the nation’s outstanding natural beauty. The Continental GT always had that ‘wow’ factor and now we match the breathtaking GT with superlative V8 performance for the first time.” 

The event was hosted at the Al Husn Hotel at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa providing a dramatic setting of rugged mountains and inviting beaches as the backdrop to the event.  Customers who drove the 4.0-litre, 500bhp twin turbocharged Bentley Continental GT V8 coupé were enormouslyimpressed with the car’s exceptional standards for power-to-emissions in the high luxury sports car sector.

This new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power at 6,000 rpm and an extraordinary peak torque of 660 Nm which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm. This helps the marginally lighter car [when compared with the Continental GT W12] to offer exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a sub-5 second acceleration time for the 0-100 km/h sprint and a top speed of over 290 km/h.

The new V8 engine features variable displacement with a highly sophisticated engine management system, ensuring a seamless and imperceptible transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load. This arrangement helps the new V8 Continental models achieve outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector and depending on driving conditions are capable of travelling over 800 km on a single tank of fuel. The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfils Bentley's environmental commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

“We are confident that besides the performance, our customers in Oman will appreciate the driving range and fuel economy benefits that this car has to offer. After driving the car myself and experiencing it, I am sure that the V8 CGT will attract many new customers to the brand who had not considered a Bentley in the past.” said Chris Buxton, regional director of Bentley Middle East.

While the W12 and V8 models look similar in their exterior profile, Bentley has made some changes to the exterior detailing and jewelrythat help differentiate the siblings. In the new V8 variant, the mesh grille is finished in black, air scoops in the lower front valance have a different design and the Bentley badging on the wheels and bonnet and boot lid sport a red background instead of the traditional black. 

The new Continental GT V8 is available to order from Bentley Motors Wattayah showroom in Oman along with the other models in the line-up.