BENTLEY Motors has released details of the new Continental GT Speed, the most dynamic road car in the company’s 101 year history, and ultimate performance-focused interpretation of the world’s benchmark luxury Grand Tourer.
Designed, engineered, developed and handcrafted in Bentley’s carbon neutral luxury automotive factory, this new third-generation model builds on a long tradition of Speed variants.
Originally introduced with the highly-acclaimed, first generation Continental GT Speed in 2007, itself inspired by the 3.0-litre Speed models of the 1920s, the latest version continues the bloodline.
The pinnacle performance Continental GT features advanced chassis technology harnessed specifically for the new model.
New electronic all-wheel steering enhances the dynamic nature of the Speed in BENTLEY and COMFORT driving modes.
At low and medium speeds, the GT Speed’s rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the front wheels to aid a rapid change of direction, noticeably increasing the feeling of nimbleness.
Featuring active all-wheel drive, the traction control and torque distribution has been recalibrated in all drive modes to provide a noticeable character shift relative to the standard Continental GT.
Maintaining Bentley’s philosophy of the vehicle feeling progressive and secure, yet still be dynamic, this approach rewards drivers of all abilities.
For the first time in a Bentley, the latest generation of the Continental GT Speed introduces the use of an electronic rear differential (eLSD).
Specifically tuned hand-in-hand with the traction control and active chassis systems, the eLSD provides increased lateral capacity, improved longitudinal stability, enhanced on-throttle adjustability and delivers better traction in adverse road conditions.
The combined benefit means the Continental GT Speed is now more adjustable and more driver-focussed than ever before without compromising comfort or stability.
Improved cornering dynamics and the extra grip provided by the new systems allows the driver to exit any corner with an increased level of precision and confidence.
Carbon silicon carbide discs provide additional brake bite, with a strong, firm brake pedal feel and excellent brake fade resistance. Ten-piston front callipers and four-piston rears supply incredible braking force, needed when up to 10 MJ of energy are converted to heat in a full stop from top speed.
The carbon ceramic material also saves over 33kg of weight (all of it un-sprung mass) and produces extremely low levels of brake dust, helping to maintain the fresh look of the 22-inch unique Speed wheels.
The new GT Speed is the ultimate performance-focused expression of Bentley’s definitive Grand Tourer, yet maintains the luxury, comfort and usability of its siblings.
It is equipped with an uprated version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine, delivering 485kW, a four per cent increase of 17.6kW over the current W12 model, while maintaining an extraordinary 900Nm of torque.
With exceptional handling, this results in a top speed of 335km/h and 0-100km/h is achieved in 3.6 seconds.
Bentley’s variable displacement system shuts down half of the engine’s 12 cylinders under certain conditions with the transitions between the two being imperceptible to the driver.
The muscular bodywork of the Continental GT has been amplified still further on the GT Speed. Unique exterior detailing complements a powerful, athletic stance, blending seamlessly with the effortless elegance inherent to the Continental GT.
Speed models add a dark tint radiator grille and lower bumper grille, as well as unique, more sculpted sports sills, a dark tint radiator matrix and discreet Speed badging in chrome on the front fender.
The cabin of the new Continental GT Speed showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating the world’s finest automotive interiors. Handcrafted materials blend with unique trim and badging that are only available in the Speed and can be further personalised if desired.
The luxurious interior can be further personalised with a choice of 15 main and 11 secondary hide colours, as well as the use of leather in lieu of Alcantara for the Speed colour split.
Bentley’s diamond in diamond quilting is included as standard, and Speed embroidered headrests distinguish the cabin of the most potent Continental GT.
As with all Continental GTs, the Speed offers four seats and exceptional grand touring luggage capacity of 358-litres.
Packed with exquisite detail, a technologically advanced instrument panel and the acclaimed Bentley Rotating Display, the new driver-focused model widens the Continental GT’s performance credentials.
Further details, such as release date and local pricing, are yet to be announced.