The latest GT Speed continues the bloodline by representing the ultimate combination of luxury and performance in a Grand Touring package. With the Continental GT Speed, the chassis technology has been harnessed with an electronic all-wheel steering and advanced chassis technology developed specifically for the new model. However, this is even more apparent in the sport mode, as the steering combines with Bentley Dynamic Ride and an electronic limited-slip differential for a level of agility unlike any other Bentley road car.
At low and medium speeds, the GT Speed’s rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the front wheels to aid a rapid change of direction, noticeably increasing the feeling of nimbleness. This is also the first time that Bentley has introduced an electronic rear differential (eLSD).
According to Bentley, improved cornering dynamics and the extra grip provided by the new systems allows the driver to exit any corner with an increased level of precision and confidence. In turn, the vehicle is able to extract the maximum performance from the available traction to deliver stunning acceleration and composure from the apex.
To complement the extra capability of the chassis, a newly-engineered Carbon Ceramic brake system has been introduced as an option on the GT Speed. Carbon Silicon Carbide discs provide additional brake bite, with a strong, firm brake pedal feel and excellent brake fade resistance. Ten-piston front calipers and four-piston rears supply incredible braking force while the carbon-ceramic material also helps saves over 33Kg of weight while maintaining a fresh look of the 22” unique Speed wheels.
It’s the engine of any grand tourer that adds that charisma to its character and powering the Bentley in the 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine, delivering 650 bhp and 900 Nm of torque. With exceptional handling, this results in a top speed of 335 kmph and 0-100 kmph in 3.6 seconds, a reduction of 0.1 second. The dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission shift is twice as fast in SPORT mode as in the standard W12 model, in keeping with the Speed’s ethos. This combines with a greater exhaust character during start-up and downshifts.
Speed models add a Dark Tint radiator grille and lower bumper grille, as well as unique, more sculpted sports sills, a Dark Tint radiator matrix and discreet Speed badging in chrome on the front fender. Another signature feature of the most potent version of the Continental GT is unique, 22” Speed wheels in bright silver, with the option of a dark tint or black gloss finish. “Jewel” versions of the fuel and oil filler caps are standard, while illuminated Bentley treadplates to both sills are a nod to the Speed’s performance credentials.