International debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
Bentley is introducing the Continental GT Speed coupe, its fastest production model ever. The new 205 mph (329 km/h) GT Speed will appeal to driving enthusiasts who place a high value on outright performance, agile handling, distinctive design and sporting luxury.
At the heart of the new Continental GT Speed is an up-rated version of the unique Bentley 6-liter, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 engine mated to a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. For the new model, the legendary Bentley W12 develops 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm of torque to deliver thunderous, supercar performance with effortless overtaking capability. The 0-60 mph sprint is achieved in a mere 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2s) and has a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h).
Channelling the extreme performance of the GT Speed is a unique chassis tune that includes upgraded steering and suspension systems and a lowered ride height. The enhanced chassis is complemented by unique 21-inch Speed wheels, available in two lustrous finishes, and fitted with 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tyres. The result is a sportier and more engaging Bentley driving experience with tauter handling and improved agility.
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.”
The new GT Speed delivers supreme levels of performance with no compromise in comfort, refinement, craftsmanship and quality. 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.
The GT Speed makes its international debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed from June 28 until July 1 and will be piloted by Modern-day Bentley Boys Juha Kankunnen, Guy Smith and Derek Bell up the Goodwood Hill twice a day.