Continental GT Speed: Bentley Announce the Most Dynamic Car in its History

Will Hersey
·2-min read
Photo credit: Bentley
Photo credit: Bentley

From Esquire

Bentley has revealed the latest incarnation of its flagship coupé, the Continental GT Speed, calling it the most dynamic road car in its history. And at 101 years, that’s a lot of history.

The headline features of this new range-topper are a more powerful version of the existing and seriously impressive 6-litre W12 engine, a raft of chassis upgrades and a few smart styling tweaks to help distinguish it as the coolest kid in the Continental range.

Power moves incrementally up to 650hp from 626 though its 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds is only 0.1 seconds quicker than the standard model.

Photo credit: Bentley
Photo credit: Bentley

The improved dynamism comes instead via a combination of clever chassis tweaks and internal additions; a new all-wheel drive system tuned for a greater rear-wheel emphasis and a sharpened up air suspension.

In sport mode, Bentley is promising higher revs, faster gear changes and a generally more lively character and engine note.

Looks-wise, the already muscular GT look has been on a protein-heavy diet, with new features including a black mesh grille, distinctive side skirts and 22 inch wheels unique to this model. Carbon detailing can also be found on the splitter, sills and spoiler.

Photo credit: Bentley
Photo credit: Bentley

Carbon ceramic brakes and 10-piston calipers come as standard. Always wanted a jewel-encrusted fuel-cap? It’s yours.

Inside, the cabin is as opulent and well-appointed as you would expect from any Bentley, with an alcantara trim package and aluminium dash on offer alongside the usual plethora of interior options.

Orders are already said to be strong for the model which will come in at close to £200,000.

Despite having to close its Crewe production line in 2020 due to Covid, the British luxury marque, part of the VW group, reported sales of a record 11,206 cars last year and has managed to post a £17m profit.

We can also expect a convertible version later in the year but it’s the coupé silhouette that we can’t wait to see in the metal.

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