As Bentley Motors awaits EPA certification of the redesigned Continental GT coupe and convertible with W-12 engines, V-8-powered versions will arrive first in the U.S.
The V-8 in the coupe and convertible is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged engine that generates 542 hp and 568 pound-feet of torque.
Continental GTs with V-8s are to arrive in the U.S. in the third quarter followed by other markets in the first quarter of 2020, the automaker said.
Bentley spokespeople said the automaker expects the Continental GT coupe and convertible powered by the 6.0-liter turbocharged W-12 engine to arrive in the U.S. in the fourth quarter this year as market certification continues. Once certified, the coupe and convertible will launch simultaneously.
When equipped with the W-12, the Continental GT coupe and convertible have 626 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque.
The V-12-powered Continental GT has been available since July in other markets, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark told Automotive News Europe late last year.
Minor design details differentiate the V-8 versions, Bentley says. They include quad exhaust pipes, V-8 badging on the front quarter panels and standard 20-inch wheels.
Pricing for the V-8 models will start at $198,500 for the coupe and $218,350 for the convertible, excluding shipping. The shipping charge for the V-8-powered Continental GT has not been calculated, a Bentley spokesman said, but noted it should be similar to that of the current vehicle, which is $2,725.