Upwards of 520bhp. More than 190mph. A 0-62mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds.
These are the enhanced headline figures of the latest version of Bentley’s Continental GT, whose reworked 4.0-litre V8 – the ‘small’ engine of the range – now boasts twin turbos.
Such prestigious performance doesn’t come cheap, of course. At £149,800, this S model costs £9500 over the standard V8 Coupe.
And that’s before you add our test car’s £14,380 Extended Sport Specification pack, which brings carbon-ceramic brakes and a evocative-sounding sports exhaust.
With a maximum 502lb ft of torque kicking in at only 1700rpm, the Conti pulls like a proverbial train. Its all-wheel-drive platform features lowered and stiffened suspension, while both steering and traction control have been boosted for optimum control, grip and, yes, fun.
Competent in the extreme, the car’s ability and refined ride belie its 2.2-tonne heft. At a near-silent cruise, it’s simply sublime. The V8 S Coupe is arguably the pick of the GT range.
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