Beneath the bonnet of the new Continental GT V8 S beats a monstrous heart: a 4 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with the power to generate 521 bhp (389 kW / 528 PS @ 6,000 rpm).  At 1700 RPM the GT V8 S generates 680 Nm of torque – even more than the 660 Nm achieved by its sibling, the GT V8. From a standing start the GT V8 S will reach 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds, before climbing all the way to its top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h).

Variable displacement, in which four of the eight cylinders switch off at gentler throttle openings, reduces fuel consumption and cuts both frictional and gas transfer losses. When more power is required, the engine switches back automatically from four cylinders to the full eight. The result is an unforgettable driving experience - nothing captures the spirit of spontaneous adventure like the Continental GT V8 S.

Lowered sports suspension (by 10mm), revised damping with increased spring and bush rates (front and rear) and uprated anti-roll bars all combine to improve agility, body control and cornering, while the recalibrated steering provides enhanced feedback and feel. The suspension is also tuned differently for Coupé and Convertible models to optimise performance on either body style. The Lower Body Styling Specification features – front splitter, side sills and a rear diffuser – improve the car’s aerodynamics by reducing front-end lift, providing even greater stability at higher road speeds.

As with all Continental models, the state-of-the-art all-wheel drive system employs an advanced Torsen differential and a 40:60 rear-biased torque split. The result: dynamic yet safe handling, whatever the road conditions.