Bentley_Continentlan_GT_V8_frontThe third generation Bentley Continental GT V8 Coupe and Convertible are now on display in showrooms across Australia.

The GT V8 Convertible’s tailored roof can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, with the car travelling at speeds of up to 50 km/h. This transforms it from a luxurious coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button. Seven different fabric hood colours are available, including an authentic tweed finish for the first time.


Bentley offers seven standard exterior bodywork colours, with an extensive palate of additional paint choices available. Both GT V8 and GT V8 Convertible are distinguished by quad exhaust pipes and V8 badging on the front guards.

It rides on 20-inch, 10-spoke painted alloy wheels and the option to choose from nine other designs measuring up to 22-inches.

The design of the headlamps is similar to that of an illuminated cut gem and an optional welcome sequence gradually illuminates the headlights as you approach the Continental.

Neck warmers are seamlessly integrated into the heated and vented Comfort Seats. Their chrome centre vane stretches the full width of the duct, echoing Bentley’s famous ‘bullseye’ vents.

The Continental GT V8’s luxurious interior seamlessly integrates natural materials such as the highest quality leathers and rare, sustainably sourced veneers into the finest handcrafted cabin.


Twenty-way adjustable leather seats set new industry standards in comfort and refinement, and are available in a monotone colour split on the GT V8 and GT V8 Convertible. Four further colour split options are available, together with Contrast Stitching, Piping and Hand Cross Stitch.

New Crown Cut Walnut adorns the V8 fascia and other areas, with the option of a variety of exquisite wood veneers. V8 models also feature a 10-speaker Bentley Audio system as standard pumping out a powerful 650 Watts of entertainment.

Air suspension uses three-chamber air springs which can be set to vary from sporting spring stiffness to luxury limousine refinement.

Both models are powered by a new-generation 4.0-litre, dual-scroll twin-turbo engine developing 542 bhp of power and 770 Nm of torque. It’s virtually the same engine used in the Bentley Continental GT3 that took overall victory at the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour race.

An Active All-Wheel Drive System varies the front-to-rear torque split dependent on the driving situation. The Continental GT V8 will use rear-wheel drive as much as possible during normal driving for optimum efficiency and dynamic performance.

The Coupe gets from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds the Convertible takes 4.1 seconds.

The suggested retail price of Bentley Continental GT V8 starts from AUD 400,900 and the Continental GT V8 Convertible starts from AUD 441,300.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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