Bentley Kuala Lumpur saw the addition of two models into its current lineup with the introduction of the Continental GT V8 coupe and GTC W12 convertible. Both models, which made their debut last night at the marque’s showroom at the Pavilion, go for RM1,350,000 and RM1,988,000 respectively. These are base car prices, inclusive of import duty and sales tax.
The GT V8 joins the W12-cylinder variant that made its local debut last year in June, and the 4.0 litre twin-turbo lump – which produces 500 hp at 6,000 rpm and 660 Nm from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm – is mated to a close-ratio eight-speed automatic transmission. Performance numbers include a 4.8 seconds 0-100 km/h sprint time and a top speed of 303 km/h.
Features include cylinder deactivation technology that ensures a seamless and imperceptible transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load, offering an improvement in fuel economy by 8%.
The V8 model is identified by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-coloured strakes, while at the rear, unique chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge help distinguish the variant.
Inside the cabin, there’s a new Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer that’s unique to the V8, Eliade cloth headlining and pillar trim, an optional two-tone leather colour split and a choice of four hide colours to pick from. A short centre console in place of the W12’s through-console further identifies the V8.
Meanwhile, the second-generation form of the GTC, which debuted in Frankfurt last year, arrives in 6.0 litre, twin-turbocharged W12 form, offering 567 hp (up from 552 hp in the previous incarnation) and 700 Nm, and the mill is partnered with a ZF 6HP28 transmission. Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds and a 314 km/h top speed.
There’s the promise of a more dynamic driving experience, with a wider track front and rear, sharper steering and retuned suspension offering improved handling performance.
The new GTC’s cabin features additional rear legroom, new storage solutions and must-have items such as touch-screen infotainment, automatic seat-belt presenters, Naim for Bentley premium audio and a Bentley-designed Neck Warmer for comfortable roof-down motoring.
The four-seater features a new, even more spacious and sumptuous hand-crafted cabin, and owners can dress up the GTC’s interior from a choice of 17 hide colours, six colour split combinations and seven veneers.