crankandpiston.com takes the brand new Bentley Continental GT V8 S for an epic drive from the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to an achingly beautiful stretch of tarmac – ocean-adjacent – in Oman.
Rewind to December ’13. Bentley, after ten years away, makes its much-publicised return to motorsport at the 2013 Gulf 12 Hours. A solid – and emotional – debut for the Bentley Continental GT3 saw the team net a well-deserved fourth place overall after half a day of racing.
Six months later, the crankandpiston.com team finds itself at the Yas Marina Circuit once again, symbolically (nay foolishly) at dawn. Today the team marks the return of Bentley to motorsport in its own inimitable way. Today, we are going to take Bentley’s road going embodiment of the GT3 – the brand new Continental GT V8 S – for an epic drive across the UAE.
We join a suitably knackered Phill Tromans on location…
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|Bentley||Continental GT V8 S|
|Engine:||V8 / twin-turbocharged / 3993cc|
|Power:||521bhp @ 6000rpm|
|Torque:||502lb ft @ 1700rpm|
|Transmission:||Eight-speed automatic / all-wheel drive|
|Front suspension:||Four-link double wishbones / anti-roll bar|
|Rear suspension:||Trapezoidal multi-link, anti-roll bar|
|Brakes:||Cast Iron or optional Carbon-Silicon-Carbide (CSiC) / 405mm ventilated iron or 420mm cross-drilled CSiC (front) / 335mm ventilated iron or 356mm cross-drilled CSiC (rear)|
|Wheels:||20-inch front and rear|
|Tyres:||275/40 ZR20 front and rear|
|Top speed:||309kph (limited)|