Beneath the bonnet of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible lies the source of that heart-stopping sound: a 4 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that can produce 521 bhp (388 kW / 528 PS @ 6,000 rpm). It generates a phenomenal 680 Newton metres of torque at 1700 rpm and it can propel the car and its occupants from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. Its top speed: a fearsome 191mph (308 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 GT V8 S Convertible’s sports suspension and steering have also been specifically calibrated to work effectively with its body structure to ensure the ride, handling, agility and overall driver feedback levels are of the highest order.

The Continental GT V8 S Convertible: exhilarating in every sense.