Engineers at Bentley in Crewe have developed even more muscle from the Continental’s iconic 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine. The GT Speed now produces 642 PS – up from 635 PS – and 20 Nm of extra torque, bringing its total to a forceful 840 Nm. This additional torque is 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, and bringing even greater acceleration performance. As a result, the 0-60 mph sprint time has dropped to just 3.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 secs).
The mood inside is set by a mixture of dark tones and vivid highlights, with abundant carbon fibre surfacing and unique contrasting leather colour schemes. The Mulliner GT Design seats and inner door panels feature diamond quilting, of course.
The black and red theme continues inside, with Bentley’s signature aluminium fascia finished in red, with further red highilights on the seats, door trims, steering wheel stitching and clock surround.
Paul Jones, product line director for Continental GT, said: “We have developed the GT Speed Black Edition to meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognisable styling cues. The Black Edition has a subtle but purposeful look that is backed up by exceptional performance.”