First Drive VIDEO Review – 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S Convertible – Mulliner Spec in White Satin

2015 Bentley GTV8S

The Bentley Continental GT V8S is the real sweet-spot of the range – with monster power in the form of 528-horsepower to an optimized and sportified chassis re-engineer. There are just no words to describe the nimble, light and resolutely rear-drive feel of this twin-turbo V8. Yet there is grip for days and the ability to drive hard, rain or shine, with pace to make supercars blush.

Nothing else with 502-pound-feet of torque is this race-able in a complete downpour, including the Continental’s new nemesis: the Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic.First Drive Review - 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S - White Satin 74 First Drive Review - 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S - White Satin 56 First Drive Review - 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S - White Satin 38 First Drive Review - 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S - White Satin 29 First Drive Review - 2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S - White Satin 19

The Bentley somehow feels small and accurate in its typical size and price class. The full load of torque hits at just 1700-rpm in the tachometer, romping to 60-mph in an official 4.5-seconds.

As a convertible, the car is perhaps even more delightful. There is a superb and unshakeable sense of rigidity to this ragtop, which is also unbelievably quiet and insulated.

HD DRIVE VIDEO

This 2015 Mulliner Driving Specification car has the limited-edition, black-spoked 21-inch wheels and a variety of stunning options. The most noticeable? A delicious White Satin paintjob. This is a stunning finish, with depth and metallic fleck unlike any matte finish. But like a matte finish, this White Satin finish lacks a glossy topcoat. The result is unique and visually stunning in the flesh.

Claret is the name of the red top and cabin, which also featured the Naim premium audio system.

Back to the stunning pace, handling and feel :as shown in the below video, the Bentley V8S has a fantastic sense of presence when you floor the throttle. Unlike some giant luxury cars, the spec here ensures there is no ‘floor it and hang on’ type of feel, where you momentarily lose feel and a bit of control. The V8S is always present and in the moment, with control inputs that can only be described as fun and playful.

At the same time, its air suspension and adaptive dampers make cornering flat and bumps disappear.

The Sport Exhaust is a stellar option, while you are adding cool features. Check out the full engine bellow in the Dallas Motor Speedway infield tunnel below….

2016 UPDATES

This 2015 model is already a bit dated, however. The freshened front fascia shown in Geneva is already featured on the BentleyMotors.com configurator — with its new-shape lower bumper the main difference.

Most of the other 2016 updates are about applying the chassis sportiness from this V8S to the other engines and trim levels of this — the world’s most luxurious and most-comfortable rally ragtop!

Your passenger and back seats will soon be filled by three new best friends — enjoying the Conti GT lifestyle, rain or shine.

 

2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S Convertible

EXTERIOR

 

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2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S Convertible Review

Paint
  • White Satin
Wheels
  • 21″ Limited Edition Black Elegant Wheel
Roof
  • Claret
Options/Accessory Selections – Packages
  • Premier Specification
  • Extended Sport Specification
  • Mulliner Driving Specification (Black Limited Edition Wheel)
Additional Features – Exterior
  • V8 S exterior badge
  • Dark tint lamps
  • Sports exhaust
Additional Features – Interior
  • Sports gear lever
  • Twin front armrest
Audio & Communication
  • Valet key
  • Sports exhaust
  • CD changer
  • ‘Naim for Bentley’ Premium Audio
 
Technology
  • Massage and ventilation to front seats
 
Convenience
  • Rear-view camera
  • Naim audio

2015 Bentley Continental GT V8S Convertible

INTERIOR

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  Continental GT V8 S Continental GT V8 S Convertible
Engine  
Type 4-litre twin-turbocharged direct injection V8 with cylinder deactivation
Max Power 521 bhp / 528 PS / 389 KW @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque 680 Nm / 502 lb.ft @ 1700 rpm
Transmission  
Type ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and column mounted paddleshift
Driveline Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)
Ratios 1st : 4.71; 2nd: 3.14; 3rd: 2.1; 4th: 1.67; 5th: 1.29; 6th: 1.00; 7th: 0.839; 8th: 0.667
Final Drive 2.85
Brakes  
Front 405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Rear 335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm, Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Wheels and Tyres  
Wheels New unique 20″ x9.5J Open-spoke wheel in two finishes, 1x other 20″ and 4x 21″ designs in two finishes
Tyres 275/40 ZR20, optional 275/35 ZR21
Steering  
Type Rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic
Turns lock-to-lock 2.6 turns
Turning circle 11.3 m
Suspension  
Front Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar
Rear Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar
Damping Continuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic performance
Dimensions  
Wheelbase 2746 mm / 108.1 in
Overall length 4806 mm / 189.2 in
Width (across body) 1944 mm / 76.5 in
Width (inc. mirrors) 2227 mm / 87.7 in
Overall height 1394 mm / 54.9 in 1403 mm / 55.2 in
Fuel tank 90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 US gallons
Boot volume 358 litres / 12.6 cu ft 260 / 9.18 cu ft
Kerb weight (EU) 2295 kg / 5060 lb 2470 kg / 5445 lb
Gross vehicle weight 2750 kg / 6063 lb 2900 kg / 6393 lb
Performance  
Top speed 192 mph / 309 km/h 191 mph / 308 km/h
0-60 mph 4.3 secs 4.5 secs
0-100 mph 10.3 secs 10.6 secs
0-100 km/h 4.5 secs 4.7 secs
0-160 km/h 10.3 secs 10.6 secs
Fuel Consumption (EU cycle)*  
Urban 18.4 mpg / 15.4 litres/100 km 17.9 mpg / 15.8 litres/100 km
Extra Urban 36.7 mpg / 7.7 litres/100 km 35.3 mpg / 8 litres/100 km
Combined 26.8 mpg / 10.6 litres/100 km 25.9 mpg / 10.9 litres/100 km
CO2 emissions 246 g/km 254 g/km
Fuel Consumption (EPA cycle)**  
City (US mpg) 15 14
Highway (US mpg) 24 24
Combined (US mpg) 18 17
Emissions Controls EU 5 and US LEV II

* Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to Type Approval.
** Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to EPA certification.

 

2015 Bentley GTV8S

 

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