Like before, the Speed boasts a performance-tuned version of Bentley’s 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12, with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In the updated model, the engine produces 633 horsepower and 619 pound-feet of torque, compared to 626 hp and 605 lb-ft before.
Bentley says the modifications to the car’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine result in a flat torque curve from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm, dramatically improving acceleration. Building the engine by hand takes over 12 hours and requires input from 30 different craftsmen. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive send power to the road.
We’re informed that torque increased was applied “through the entire rev range via careful reoptimisation of boost control, raising the Grand Tourer’s renowned “torque plateau” of continuous maximum torque delivery from 2,000-5,000 rpm”, which of course, aided that acceleration figure. Also, boost.
The new Continental GT Speed is available now, with orders arriving in the summer. The standard GT Speed will cost from £168,300, with the Black Edition retailing from £176,300.