For the longest time, the third-generation Bentley Continental GT has only been available with a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12. While it does serve as the flagship engine for the grand tourer, there are some customers that would prefer having a smaller engine under the hood.

That is where the V8 comes in, but it has been absent ever since the all-new Continental GT first arrived in 2017... until now. For the 2020 model year, Bentley has decided to expand the available engines for their flagship two-door with the new GT V8.

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Now while it may sound like the same 4.0-liter V8 as before, Bentley claims this engine is all-new and has more horses under the hood. It now packs a whopping 550 PS and a healthy 770 Nm of torque, making it have 22 PS and 90 Nm more than the old eight-cylinder. It is then mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with all-wheel drive.

0 – 100 km/h comes in at a quick 4 seconds flat for the Coupe version. Meanwhile, the Convertible can do it in an equally impressive 4.1 seconds. Top speed for both the the hardtop and soft-top are at 318 km/h. But for those that prefer to drive their GT V8 more economically, it comes with cylinder deactivation which can shut down half of V8's cylinders to save on fuel.

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Apart from just having a new engine option, Bentley was also busy making tweaks, as well as adding new features on the 2020 Continental GT range. A new panoramic glass roof can now be specified on the W12 model, giving occupants an unobstructed of what's above them. Meanwhile, customers of the GT V8 can roll on 20-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels, or from nine different choices measuring up to 22-inches.

Over to the cabin itself, a new trim called High Gloss Carbon Fiber can be fitted on the dashboard and door trim for a more luxurious feel. The console, on the other hand, is finished in Piano Black veneer which contradicts nicely against the carbon fiber trim. However, just the like the W12, the V8 can be customized to a customer's exact wants and needs.

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Need to have Alcantara trim? No problem. Want a different-colored headliner? Bentley can do that. Looking to match the colors of the exterior to the interior? Bentley will follow your own style / preference.

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What other standard features are available on the new V8 GT? It has a fully-digital instrument panel, a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, a 10-speaker sound system that puts out 650 watts of power, and a host of active driver aids and safety features.

Looking to get one soon? The first market we've heard of that will get it is the US, which will be in Q4 of this year. For other markets, we'll just have to wait and see.