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Looking at the latest 2013 Bentley Continental GT, there’s not much to distinguish it from the original version launched almost a decade ago, but after a quick spin in both you’ll come to the conclusion that they’re worlds apart.

That’s because for the first time in the Continental GT’s life there are two completely different engines to choose from.

That’s right. The Continental GT, along with its GTC convertible sibling, can now be ordered with either a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 or the existing twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12.

While the bigger engine may appear to be the performance driver’s choice, it’s actually the V-8 that’s the more athletic option. The V-8 is considerably lighter than the W-12, which is definitely felt when cornering, and it’s more willing to rev to its limits. Its 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque also comes close to the 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of the W-12, meaning...
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