In a daring stunt for the promotion of its new V-8 powered Continental lineup, Bentley has flown one its latest 2013 Continental GT V8 coupes over the city of Munich.

Anyone struggling through the city's rush hour last week would have seen the bright red Bentley suspended beneath a helicopter, skipping traffic jams to arrive at a specially-designed podium situated on top of a high rise complex close to Munich’s city center.

Adjacent to this was the fashionable ‘SkyLounge,’ a special venue positioned in a glazed bridge between two skyscrapers.

It was the location for an exclusive Bentley Continental GT V8 launch party in Europe, which saw more than 300 VIP guests attend.

Bentley’s new V-8 Continental range, which sails into showrooms in the coming months in both GT coupe and GTC convertible bodystyles debuts the British brand’s latest twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8.

The mighty mill develops a healthy 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque but thanks to a number of fuel saving technologies such as cylinder deactivation, direct injection technology, low friction bearings, thermal management, and brake energy regeneration, the new engine also produces 40 percent less CO2 emissions than Bentley’s existing 6.0-liter W-12.

We’ll be bringing you our own first drive report of the new 2013 Continental GT V8 in the coming weeks but in the meantime click here for all the details on the Continental GT V8, and here for the Continental GTC V8.