Bentley's latest Black Edition isn't quite black

The special edition Continental V8 S cannot be had in black, but gets gloss black exterior trim
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December 28, 2016
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Bentley has already had two special edition models in 2016, the Continental GT Speed Black Edition and the Fly Fishing Bentayga. Now, just before the year comes to a close, the British carmaker has come out with another special, the Continental GT V8 S Black Edition. But before you take the cheque book out, let us tell you something. You can’t have the Black Edition in black. No, not even if you pay more. If you’re okay to choose from the rest of the palette on offer, there’s still a lot of blackness you’ll get for your money. There’s gloss black trim finishes on the side window surrounds, lower bumper, lower body side rubbing strips, door handles, headlamp bezels, and radiator surround. It also gets 21in seven-spoke alloy wheels, tinted headlights and taillights, which round off the ‘blacked out’ theme of the exterior.

In addition to these, there’s also a contrast body kit on offer that let customers choose from four accent colours, Beluga, St James’ Red, Hallmark or Cyber Yellow, for the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, as well as a choice of red or black brake callipers. Meanwhile, the interior gets GT Design seats by Mulliner and a headliner bow that matches the respective exterior contrast body kit.

The changes to the GT V8 S Black Edition are purely cosmetic, so there won’t be any difference in output, performance or handling characteristics. This means, under the bonnet will be the same twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 engine that powers the ‘stock’ Continental GT V8 S, making the same 520bhp and 680Nm of torque.