The 650bhp Bentley Continental GT Speed is the firm’s ‘most performance-focused’ car ever

Darren Cassey, PA Motoring Reporter
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Bentley has revealed the Continental GT Speed, which it considers its ‘most capable, performance-focused’ model ever.

Based on the regular Continental GT, the Speed sees increased performance, upgraded chassis technology and updated exterior styling.

Bentley Continental GT Speed
(Bentley)

The highlight is the engine, with the iconic 6.0-litre W12 unit getting a 24bhp boost to 650bhp, while torque is a ridiculous 900Nm. The 0-60mph time is just 3.5 seconds and the top speed is 208mph.

The transmission has been recalibrated to focus on performance, so in Sport mode it holds onto revs for longer and downshifts earlier to keep the car in the power band, with the eight-speeder shifting twice as fast as the regular W12.

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Handling has been improved through a new all-wheel steering system, which can combine with the adaptive air suspension and new electronic rear differential to provide ‘a level of agility unlike any other Bentley road car’.

To differentiate the Speed from other Continental GTs, the special model has dark grilles up front, discreet Speed badging, and unique 22-inch alloy wheels.

Bentley Continental GT Speed
(Bentley)

Inside, Bentley’s usual opulence has not been forgotten in pursuit of performance. Speed models get a unique two-tone interior in hide and Alcantara, with a huge combination of colours available, as well as diamond quilting as standard and a range of veneers.

The Bentley Continental GT Speed is launching in Europe in Q3 2021, though will not be sold in the UK.