Bentley is set to reveal the new Continental GT Speed at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. While it is nearly identical to the standard Continental visually, 616 bhp and a top speed of 205 mph make this the fastest road-going Bentley ever made.
The GT Speed is powered by the same 6.0L W12 offered in the standard car, but with power increased to 616 bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Coupled to a close-ratio eight-speed automatic transmission, it allows for a 0 to 60 mph sprint of just 4.0 seconds.
To make sure the car can handle that power when it comes to a corner, the suspension has been lowered and uprated, along with an improved steering system. The GT Speed’s unique 21-inch wheels are also wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires to further improve handling.
Being a Bentley however, they certainly haven’t forgotten about the interior. The GT Speed comes standard with Mulliner Driving Specification, allowing for a wide range of interior customization, as well as “signature Speed design cues”.
Deliveries of the GT Speed will begin this autumn, but if you’re looking to get one you should expect a very steep price tag.
BENTLEY LAUNCHES ITS FASTEST PRODUCTION MODEL EVER – THE NEW CONTINENTAL GT SPEED
- International debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
- 625 PS, 800 Nm and capable of 205 mph (329 km/h)
- Lowered, uprated suspension for a sportier stance and harder-edged, agile Bentley driving experience
- Signature Speed design cues and Mulliner Driving Specification cabin
- New close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission
(Crewe, England. 20 June 2012) Bentley is introducing a new performance flagship, its fastest production model ever, the Continental GT Speed coupe. The new 205 mph (329 km/h) GT Speed will appeal to driving enthusiasts who place a high value on outright performance, agile handling, distinctive design and sporting luxury. Orders for the new GT Speed are being taken now, with deliveries to commence in October 2012.
At the heart of the new Continental GT Speed is an up-rated version of the unique Bentley 6-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 engine. For the new model, the legendary Bentley W12 develops 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm of torque to deliver thunderous, supercar performance with effortless overtaking capability. The 0-60 mph sprint is dispatched in a mere 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2s) and the GT Speed has a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h).
The new Speed’s immense power is transmitted via a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. This state-of-the-art transmission delivers quick yet imperceptible gear changes through intelligent adaptive control software to ensure the perfect combination of speed and refinement. The new gearbox also makes a significant contribution to an overall twelve per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2emissions.
Channelling the extreme performance of the GT Speed is a unique chassis tune that includes uprated steering and suspension systems and a lowered ride height. The enhanced chassis is complemented by unique 21-inch Speed wheels, available in two lustrous finishes, and fitted with 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tyres. The result is a sportier and more engaging Bentley driving experience with tauter handling and improved agility.
Commenting on the new GT Speed, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive says:
“For nearly a decade, the Bentley Continental GT has defined high luxury, high performance grand touring and the unique W12 engine has been so successful that Bentley is now the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder engines. The new GT Speed with its harder-edged, sportier character reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental coupe.”
The muscular, elegant sculpted coachwork of the Continental coupe is subtly enhanced with design touches which reinforce the sporting character of the new model. Most notable are the dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air intakes and the ‘rifled’ finish to the exhaust tailpipes.
The new GT Speed delivers supreme levels of performance with no compromise in comfort, refinement, craftsmanship and quality. Using only the finest natural materials, the hand-crafted cabin of the GT Speed features the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard as well as a number of signature Speed design cues that combine contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character.
Standard fitment on all Continental models, the permanent all-wheel drive system, employing a central Torsen differential, harnesses the prodigious power and torque of the new GT Speed and ensures huge levels of grip and stability whatever the road or weather conditions.
Ahead of deliveries this autumn, the GT Speed makes its international debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed from 28th June until 1st July. Modern-day Bentley Boys Juha Kankunnen, Guy Smith and Derek Bell will pilot a pre-production GT Speed up the Goodwood Hill twice a day.