Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Bentley | posted April 05, 2016 09:13
Bentley ups the ante on the Continental GT Speed for 2016
Bentley’s most powerful production car to date gets even more ponies under the hood after the Crewe-based luxury automaker recently took the wraps off of the 2016 Continental GT Speed.
Still driven by the familiar twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine, Bentley claimed it now produces 642 PS along with 840 Nm of torque. Compared to the pre-updated model, it now benefits from an additional 7 PS and 20 Nm of extra torque.
This was made possible after the automaker stated that they re-optimized the boost control to enable the engine deliver a wider torque band. In addition, maximum pulling power is easily achieved between 2,000 – 5,000 rpm while 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 4.1 seconds.
Apart from the slight power upgrade, the 2016 Continental GT Speed is now also available as a Black Edition. Meant to celebrate the model’s sporting lineage, it can be had either as a convertible or coupe and features alterations to its exterior and interior.
Beginning from the outside, each Black Edition will have a high gloss black finish on its exterior brightwork like the window openings and light bezels. Housed in the wheel wells are all-black 21-inch alloys and brake calipers that can be finished in either red or black. Also, the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser can be painted in several distinct colors to provide additional contrast. These include: Hallmark, Beluga, St. James’ Red and a new shade called Cyber Yellow.
The cabin, on the other hand, gets a mixture of leather and carbon fiber upholstery. Leather was heavily used on the seats and door trim while the composite material can be found on the roof, dashboard and center console.
“We have developed the GT Speed Black Edition to meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognizable styling cues. The Black Edition has a subtle but purposeful look that is backed up by exceptional performance,” said Paul Jones, product line director for the Continental GT.
Customer deliveries of the 2016 Continental GT Speed will commence by mid-2016.