At the heart of the new Continental GT Speed is an up-rated version of the Bentley 6-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 engine. For the new model, the Bentley W12 develops 616 bhp and 800 Nm of torque, giving a 0-60mph time of 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph.
Posted on 20.06.2012
The new Speed's power is transmitted via a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The new gearbox also makes a significant contribution to an overall twelve per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The GT Speed features a special 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 finishes, and fitted with 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tyres.
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."
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.
Like all Continental models, the GT Speed is equipped with permanent all-wheel drive, employing a central Torsen differential, ensuring 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 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.