Bentley has just unveiled the revised Continental GT Speed, which is now more powerful and a lot quicker than the previous model. To achieve this, Bentley implemented an array of significant changes to its 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine, allowing this Continental GT Speed powerplant to produce 7 PS more output to 642 PS and 20 Nm more torque to 840 Nm.
This extra torque is applied through the entire rev range by optimizing boost control, allowing the vehicle to deliver continuous maximum torque between 2,000 rpm and 5,000 rpm. This setup allows the Continental GT Speed to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, which is equivalent to a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 4.1 seconds.
Top speed is pegged at 206 mph (331 km/h). On the other hand, Bentley is also launching a special edition of the Continental GT that pays tribute to its sporting character. The Continental GT Speed Black Edition -- available as a coupe or as a convertible – features high gloss black finish to its exterior brightware, including lamp bezels and the window openings.
Its looks are accentuated by all-black five-spoke 21-inch directional wheels as well as red or black brake calipers. Moreover, the Black Edition features front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in contrasting colors: Beluga, Cyber Yellow, Hallmark, and St. James’ Red.
The door mirrors could also be color-matched. The interior of the Continental GT Speed Black Edition features a dark lavish ambiance thanks to the fascia, center and roof consoles specified in carbon fiber. The seats and center console feature a dedicated Black Edition color split and are bordered by contrasting leather in Beluga, Cyber Yellow, Pillar Box Red and Porpoise.
Moreover, matching contrast stitching puts emphasis on the diamond quilting of the doors and Mulliner GT Design seats. Each Continental GT is handcrafted at Bentley’s facility in Crewe, Cheshire for 110 hours while the revised W12 engine is assembled by 30 Bentley engineers for around 12-and-a-half hours.
On the other hand, the vehicle’s luxuriously comfortable yet highly technical interiors are handcrafted at Bentley’s Leather and Trim workshop with each hide checked carefully before being stitched, shaped and finished by hand.
Paul Jones, Product Line Director for Continental GT, remarked that the GT Speed Black Edition was developed to cater to demand from clients for a Continental model that boasts of instantly distinguishable styling cues and heightened sporting capabilities.
He noted that the GT Speed Black Edition features a subtle yet purposeful appearance backed by remarkable performance. Interested clients could now order the new Continental GT Speed and GT Speed Black Edition models. Customer deliveries are expected to commence this summer.