The Bentley Continental GT Speed will re-establish itself as the British luxury brand’s fastest model when it debuts, appropriately, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June.
Bentley’s performance flagship returns as part of the second-generation Continental GT coupe range, surpassing the feats of the last Speed introduced five years ago.
The new Bentley Continental GT Speed accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds and can reach a top speed of 329km/h.
Those figures are derived from an uprated version of the company’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine, which in the Speed produces 460kW of power and 800Nm of torque. The outputs are superior to the W12 engine in the regular Continental GT by 37kW and 100Nm.
While other Bentley models except the range-topping Mulsanne use a six-speed auto, the Bentley Continental GT Speed’s power is distributed to all four wheels via a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission featuring closely stacked ratios.
Bentley claims the new Speed also brings a higher level of dynamic ability through its lower ride height and modified steering and suspension.
There should be plenty of grip from the 21-inch wide, low-profile 275/35 Pirelli P-Zero tyres that encase a ‘Speed’ wheel design unique to the fastest Bentley.
The exterior gains a revised front bumper design featuring lower air intakes.
Inside, the Continental GT’s exquisitely crafted interior gets another level of opulence in the Speed with a Mulliner Driving Specification cabin created by Bentley’s renowned coachbuilding division and usually optional rather than standard.
The previous Bentley Continental GT Speed cost about $430,000 in Australia, though a higher price tag is likely for when the model arrives, as expected, later this year. (CarAdvice is awaiting confirmation from Bentley.)