2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed First Look
Bentley has unveiled its fastest production model ever, the new Continental GT Speed coupe. How fast is it? With 616 horsepower under the hood and a top speed of 205 mph, the Continental GT Speed is sure to satisfy a hardcore Bentley fan.
The Continental GT Speed is powered by an upgraded version of Bentley’s 6.0L W12 twin-turbocharged engine. It puts out 616 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 590 lb-ft. of torque. The W12 is mated to a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel drive system. According to Bentley, the new transmission makes a significant contribution to an overall twelve percent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The Continental GT Speed will reach 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds.
Bentley has also upgraded the steering and suspension and lowered the ride height. The Continental GT Speed rides on 21-inch wheels that are available in two finishes and are wrapped in 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tires.
Wolfgang D rheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive has commented, “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.”
Styling changes include a dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air intakes and the ‘rifled’ finish to the exhaust tailpipes.
The GT Continental GT Speed is set to have its international debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 28th June until 1st July before it goes on sale this fall.
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