We knew this would happen sooner or later – downsizing for better fuel efficiency has hit the super luxury marques – the Bentley Continental now has the option for a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 engine to compliment the car’s current big 6.0 liter twin turbo W12 engine in the Continental GT and GTC – the V8 model will be called the Bentley Continental V8.

The new Bentley Continental V8 will be powered by Volkswagen Group’s new twin turbocharged 4.0 liter TFSI V8 engine that made its debut in the S6, S7 and S8. In the Bentley Continental V8, the motor produces 507 PS at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 660Nm flat from 1,700rpm up to 5,000rpm. It’s one of the more powerful tunes that the V8 is available in, though slightly different from the Audi S8’s – the S8 produces 13 more PS (520 PS) but 10Nm less torque (650Nm). Plenty of power but the W12 is still the king of course – making 640 PS in its most potent tune.

The new V8 is pretty advanced compared to the W12 – it’s got direct fuel injection, low friction bearings, thermal management, and the ability to seamlessly shut off four of its eight cylinders, effectively turning it into a V4 under light throttle load. It’s also mated to a gearbox that has 2 additional cogs – a ZF 8-speed automatic. Bentley claims the Continental V8 models will be able to travel over 800km on a single tank of fuel – but I’m pretty sure that’s one huge tank of fuel.

Bentley has also released 2 videos of the Continental V8 – one of its engine sound and another promotional video. The V8 engine is available in both the coupe and convertible bodies. Will we see a Rolls-Royce Ghost with a V8 engine soon?