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By Ketan Patel

Bentley Continental GT Speed 2013 Review

For this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed which will take place between June 28 and 1st of July in the UK, Bentley released a few pictures ahead of time depicting a new version of the Continental GT which will make its debut at this year's event. Dubbed the Bentley Continental GT Speed 2013, the new soon to be revealed model lives up to its name and the name of the event as well.

Under the Speed's hood beats a tuned-up version of the engine found in the 2012 Bentley Continental GT and Continental GTC announced earlier this year. The modified 6 liter W12, twin turbocharged engine with 48 valves now delivers 616 horsepower at 6000 RPM and 589 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a brand new 8-speed ZF gearbox able to deliver quick and imperceptible gear changes with the help of adaptive control software, Bentley's upcoming model can go from 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h). Despite the fact that the power has increased considerably, the new gearbox manages to increase fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions as well.

Evidently in order to keep all that power in check the GT Speed also benefits from a chassis tune-up that includes a new suspension system, a lowered ride height and an uprated steering. The new model sits on a set of 21-inch Speed wheels mated with 275/35R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tires for extra grip, improved handling and agility.

Standard equipment also includes permanent all-wheel drive system and a Torsen differential which improves stability even further.

In terms of aesthetics the Speed hardly differentiate itself from the Continental GT, but a few design touches such as the dark-tinted matrix lower air intakes in the front bumpers, as well as the front grille and the "rifted" finish to the exhaust tailpipes help making a difference between the models.

On the interior the soon to be revealed sports car makes no compromise and delivers the same level of refinement and comfort as expected from a Bentley, with craft handed cabin and the finest natural materials being used in order to meet the standards of the most demanding customer.

Expect to see the Bentley Continental GT Speed 2013 between 28th June and 1st of July in the UK if you've bought tickets for the event, time in which we hope to learn more about the new mode's price and availability.

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  • International debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
  • 625 PS, 800 Nm and capable of 205 mph (329 km/h)
  • Lowered, uprated suspension for a sportier stance and harder-edged, agile Bentley driving experience
  • Signature Speed design cues and Mulliner Driving Specification cabin
  • New close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission

(Crewe, England. 20 June 2012) Bentley is introducing a new performance flagship, its fastest production model ever, the Continental GT Speed coupe. The new 205 mph (329 km/h) GT Speed will appeal to driving enthusiasts who place a high value on outright performance, agile handling, distinctive design and sporting luxury. Orders for the new GT Speed are being taken now, with deliveries to commence in October 2012.

At the heart of the new Continental GT Speed is an up-rated version of the unique Bentley 6-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 engine. For the new model, the legendary Bentley W12 develops 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm of torque to deliver thunderous, supercar performance with effortless overtaking capability. The 0-60 mph sprint is dispatched in a mere 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2s) and the GT Speed has a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h).

The new Speed’s immense power is transmitted via a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. This state-of-the-art transmission delivers quick yet imperceptible gear changes through intelligent adaptive control software to ensure the perfect combination of speed and refinement. The new gearbox also makes a significant contribution to an overall twelve per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Channelling the extreme performance of the GT Speed is a unique chassis tune that includes uprated steering and suspension systems and a lowered ride height. The enhanced chassis is complemented by unique 21-inch Speed wheels, available in two lustrous finishes, and fitted with 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tyres. The result is a sportier and more engaging Bentley driving experience with tauter handling and improved agility.

Commenting on the new GT Speed, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive says:

“For nearly a decade, the Bentley Continental GT has defined high luxury, high performance grand touring and the unique W12 engine has been so successful that Bentley is now the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder engines. The new GT Speed with its harder-edged, sportier character reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental coupe.”

The muscular, elegant sculpted coachwork of the Continental coupe is subtly enhanced with design touches which reinforce the sporting character of the new model. Most notable are the dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air intakes and the ‘rifled’ finish to the exhaust tailpipes.

The new GT Speed delivers supreme levels of performance with no compromise in comfort, refinement, craftsmanship and quality. Using only the finest natural materials, the hand-crafted cabin of the GT Speed features the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard as well as a number of signature Speed design cues that combine contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character.

Standard fitment on all Continental models, the permanent all-wheel drive system, employing a central Torsen differential, harnesses the prodigious power and torque of the new GT Speed and ensures huge levels of grip and stability whatever the road or weather conditions.

Ahead of deliveries this autumn, the GT Speed makes its international debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed from 28th June until 1st July. Modern-day Bentley Boys Juha Kankunnen, Guy Smith and Derek Bell will pilot a pre-production GT Speed up the Goodwood Hill twice a day.


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