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Bentley Continental GT Speed
(2007 - 2012)

Bentley Continental GT Speed

Exhilarating performance was the hallmark of the Bentley Continental GT ‘Speed’ that impressed with a power output of 600bhp. The most powerful production Bentley ever was added to the model range during second half of 2007. The model’s designation ‘Speed’ gave a clear indication – this was the first Bentley to top 200mph (322km/h). The designation was an echo of the marque's glorious past, too, because during the 1920s there had been ‘Speed’ models gaining laurels: the Bentley 3 Litre ‘Speed Model’ and the Bentley 6 ˝ Litre Speed Six. A wider, lower air intake in combination with a more upright radiator grille (usually dark-tinted, though the colour from the standard Continental GT could be opted for at no extra charge) and new, wider 9.5J 20-inch light alloy wheels were the significant changes separating the Continental GT Speed in outward appearance from the basic model.

Bentley Continental GT Speed

Significant differences could be detected inperformance and handling. The W12 engine's efficiency had been optimised by a great number of modifications. These included the use of lower friction, lighter-weight components and a new engine management system. As a result it developed 15% more torque and 9% more power than the standard Continental GT - 600bhp (610PS). Handling had been improved by tuning chassis and suspension components for a harder-edged, more sporting roadholding. The exceptional performance with a top speed of 202mph (326km/h) and a zero to 60mph sprint time of just 4.3 seconds was one side of the coin. The other side was also taken into consideration with utmost care – fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes were available as an option. Such brakes whose disks were promised to last the car's lifetime became an option at the same time for those mainstream Continental GT that were fitted with 20” wheels.

Continental GT Speed Interior

Technical Data Bentley Continental GT Speed:
W12-cylinder-engine (72deg angle between two main banks, 15deg between staggered cylinders), bore x stroke 84 x 90.2 mm, capacity 5998 cc; 4 valves per cylinder, 4 overhead camshafts; Bosch Motronic ME7.1.1 digital engine control, twin turbochargers air to air intercooling, 600bhp/449kW) at 6000rpm, torque 750Nm (553lb ft) at 1750 rev/min; ZF 6-speed automatic gearbox; four-wheel drive with central Torsen differential, independent suspension front and rear; air springs, ASR electronic traction control, uprated Bosch 8.1 ESP electronic stability program; TEVES ventilated disc brakes front 405mm diameter (15.9in) and 36mm (1.4in) thick, back 335mm diameter (13.2in) and 22mm (0.9in) thick, anti-lock device, fade-resistant carbon-ceramic brakes 420 x 40mm carbon-silicon carbide, cross-drilled front discs and 356 x 28mm rears optional; HBA "Hydraulic Brake Assist" and EBD "Electronic Brakeforce Distribution", MSR drag torque control; wheelbase 2745mm (108.07in); 9.5Jx20 wheels with 275/35x20 bespoke Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres; max. speed 202mph (326km/h), 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5s), 0-100mph in 10.3 seconds (0-160km/h in 10.2s).

Bentley Continental GT Speed

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