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Bentley Continental GT V8 S ripples its muscles (pictures)

The grace and poise of the Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible get a loud counterpoint with its muscle car engine note.

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Counting coupes and convertibles, Bentley offers eight variations on its Continental model.

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The 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible is the newest Continental, offering a bit of a power bump for its V-8 engine.

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The power-operated convertible top takes a while to fold away, but uses no trunk room.

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All-wheel-drive is standard on the Continental GT V8 S.

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The car's air suspension includes four settings, from Comfort to Sport.

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Round headlights without body ornamentation are a signature Bentley styling cue.

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A contour marks the front wheel arch, and pronounced rear fenders give the Continental GT V8 S presence.

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21-inch wheels and ceramic brakes, the latter not shown here, are optional.

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This 4-liter V-8 uses twin turbos to produce 521 horsepower.

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Bentley offers 17 different seat coverings, although a bespoke program allows more customization.

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From the steering wheel, the Continental GT V8 S doesn't offer a strong connection to the road.

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Bentley updates its traditional gauges with an instrument cluster LCD for driver information.

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The console includes a button for suspension settings.

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The Breitling clock in the dashboard is standard equipment.

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Cabin electronics are not Bentley's strong suit, although with corporate sibling Audi, they could be.

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Audio sources include iOS devices and an onboard hard drive.

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The optional Naim audio system includes 11 speakers and a 900 watt amp.

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