Bentley Continental GT Speed's first outing at Goodwood

Date: 
20-June-2012

Bentley has launched the fastest production Bentley in history, the 205mph Bentley Continental GT Speed. The new GT Speed has an uprated the 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine producing 616bhp over the normal W12 GT's 567bhp and a simply prodigious 590lb ft of torque. This equates to a 0-60mph time of four seconds dead, shaving 0.4 seconds of the standard GT’s time.

The new GT Speed uses the ZF eight-speed auto gearbox, which contributes to an overall 12 per cent improvement in economy and CO2 and features uprated steering and suspension, a lowered right height and 21in ‘Speed' wheels available in two finishes. It also gets a permanent all-wheel-drive with a Torsen differential to harness all that the power and torque too.
Inside the hand-crafted cabin, the GT Speed features the ‘Mulliner Driving Specification' as standard, and external pointers include a dark-tinted matrix front grille, lower air intakes and a "rifled" finish to the exhaust pipes.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley chief executive stated that "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 model will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where Juha Kankunnen, Guy Smith and Derek Bell will share driving duties to pilot a pre-production version up the hill.

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