As you may remember, Bentley announced the introduction of a brand new model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 28th June until 1st July. Although we believed that this model will be the new Flying Spur, we were wrong, as Bentley unveiled today the Continental GT Speed coupe a.k.a. its fastest production model ever. Powered by a 6.0-liter, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 engine delivering 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm of torque, the car is able to hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds (100 km/h in 4.2 seconds) and has a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h). The W12 engine is mated to a close-ratio ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, which helps the vehicle deliver an overall twelve per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Other improvements consists of an enhanced chassis, new 21-inch Speed wheels available in two lustrous finishes and wrapped in high performance Pirelli PZero tyres. In terms of design, the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed comes with dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air intakes and the ‘rifled’ finish to the exhaust tailpipes. The interior 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. Orders for the new 2013 GT Speed are already being taken but the deliveries will commence in October 2012.
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.”