Bentley revised the current Continental GT Speed model with some important updates. The UK limousine gains some new power under the hood and a special edition, availabl only on the home market. The all new Continental GT Speed, already the fastest Bentley ever built, is now even faster.
The current 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine gains some extra horsepower. The GT Speed now produces 642 hp – up from 635 hp – and 20 Nm of extra torque, bringing its total to a forceful 840 Nm.
Like in the previous version, this additional torque is applied through the entire rev range via reoptimisation of boost control, raising the Grand Tourer’s “torque plateau” of continuous maximum torque delivery from 2,000-5,000 rpm, and bringing greater acceleration performance. As a result, the 0-60 mph sprint time has dropped to just 3.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 secs).
It takes 110 hours to handcraft each Continental GT at the Bentley factory in Crewe, Cheshire. The upgraded W12 engine applied to all Continental GT Speed models is entirely assembled by 30 dedicated Bentley colleagues over 12 and half hours. Meanwhile, the unique interiors are handcrafted by the experts in Bentley’s Leather and Trim workshop. Each hide is checked by hand and eye before being stitched, shaped and finished entirely by hand, rivalling the quality of the furniture and precise tolerances of jewellery and watch craftsmanship.
The new GT Speed is available to order now, with customer deliveries expected to reach the UK streets this summer.