Bentley‘s new V8 powered variant of the Continental GT may get an Audi derived dual clutch gearbox. Engineers are apparently looking into solutions that will allow the Conti’s unibody structure to accept the Audi S-tronic transmission, which is sized differently than the ZF automatic used in the W12 car.
While the V8 model is expected to be the least expensive version of the Continental GT, the S-tronic gearbox should give it a competitive edge over the more leisurely W12 powertrain. According to Bentley, buyers in the United States have a strong affinity for V8 engines, while Chinese buyers gravitate towards the Flying Spur sedan. The Chinese market buys 40% of the world’s Flying Spurs, and the new model will apparently be geared towards consumers in Asia, including similar proportions to the current model.