The 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed, Bentley's fastest model ever is set to have its world debut at the Moscow Motor Show on August 29th. In preparation for its debut, Bentley has just released all the details for its new 205 mph all-wheel drive performance flagship.
The Bentley Continental GT Speed is powered by Bentley's 6-liter twin-turbo W12 engine, which produces 616 hp and 590 lb.ft of torque. Coupled with a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system biased 60:40 in favor of the rear, the GT Speed reaches 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and 100 mph in just 9.0 seconds. It also gets an enhanced chassis with up-rated springs, anti-roll bars and bushes, a lowered ride height (by 10mm front and rear) together with re-tuning of the electronically controlled damping and steering systems.
Subtle signature design cues distinguish the GT Speed from the lesser powered versions, including exclusive 21-inch, ten-spoke alloy wheels, dark-tint matrix to the radiator shell and lower bumper grilles and 'rifled' exhaust tailpipes. Inside the handcrafted cabin, the Speed models are specified exclusively with the Mulliner Driving Specification, featuring quilted, perforated leather and bright metal detailing plus a broader choice of optional technical finishes. This now includes the exclusive-to-Speed dark tint aluminium as well as carbon fiber.
Bentley has also announced that the 567 hp W12 powertrain of the Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible models also benefits from enhancements made to the more powerful GTSpeed. In addition to the new engine management system and eight-speed transmission, all W12 engines now feature an energy recuperation system. Together, these deliver a 12% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions across the GT W12 range and a 10% improvement for the GTC W12.
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