Bentley Unveils New Continental GT Speed

The new grand-tourer continues the British marque’s bloodline.

By Terry Christodoulou 24/03/2021

Bentley, as we know, is an esteemed marque with a rich racing history. So, when it unveils a new road car and announces that it is “the most dynamic road car in Bentley’s 101-year history,” we take note.

The new Bentley Continental GT Speed is the latest in a long tradition of Speed variants – the first of which unveiled in 2007 – inspired by the 3-litre Speed models of the 1920s.

Arriving with the ‘Speed’ moniker is the promise of a driver-focused grand-tourer with a mean streak. As such, the latest from the British marque is fitted with new chassis technology, developed specifically for the new model.

The new GT Speed boasts new electronic all-wheel steering, in ‘Bentley’ and ‘Comfort’ driving modes, which aids in effective cornering. However, a dial-turn to ‘Sport’ mode sees the steering combine with Bentley Dynamic Ride (a 48V active anti-roll control system) and an electronic limited slip differential (a first for the marque) for complete control.

Further, the all-wheel-drive system, traction control and torque distribution has been tweaked to give a noticeable uptick in performance over the Continental GT.

The Continental GT Speed is equipped with an uprated version of the British marque’s renowned 6.0 litre W12 donk, delivering 484kW and 900Nm. Living up to the badge, it’s capable of an alleged top speed of 335km/h and reaches 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, with power delivered via the dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission, shifting twice as fast in ‘sport’ mode when compared to the Continental GT.

All of this is bolted an even more muscular, brooding representation of the Continental GT. Here it arrives with a dark tint radiator grille, lower bumper grille alongside unique, sculpted sports sills.

Discreet Speed badging in chrome arrives on the front fender while 22-inch Speed wheels are made available in bright silver, dark tine or black gloss finish.

Of course, the new model’s performance is matched with a unique duotone colour split handcrafted in hide and matching Alcantara, also applied to the steering wheel.

The interior can be further personalised with a choice of 15 main and 11 secondary hide colours, with Bentley’s iconic diamond-in-diamond quilting included as standard. Further a range of veneers are available.

And while it is a ‘driver-focused’ model, it still bears the letters ‘GT’, which means it lands with luggage capacity of 358-litres.

Pricing will be announced closer to launch in Australia, likely to be before the end of 2021.

Bentleymotors.com

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