Published on April 6th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Bentley Gives The Continental GT Speed An Update + Introduces Special ‘Black Edition’
So how do you give one of the fastest luxury saloon an update? Well, a bit more power, of course; plus a special edition! That’s what Bentley did to the revised Continental GT Speed. Its’ reign as the fastest production Bentley ever still intact with a top speed of 331 km/h, it now delivers 633 hp (compared to the previous 626 hp) and 20 Nm of extra torque, bringing its total to a forceful 840 Nm. All from the same 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine.
The additional torque is applied through the entire rev range via careful re-optimisation 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 0-100 km/h sprint time has dropped to just 4.1 seconds.
Bentley is also introducing the Continental GT Speed Black Edition which celebrates the rich and striking depth of the GT’s sporting character. Available as both coupe and convertible bodystyles, the customers’ choice of body colour is complimented by a high gloss black finish to the exterior brightware/switches, including the window openings and lamp bezels. All-black 21” five-spoke directional wheels cover distinctive brake callipers, which can be specified in red or black finishes.
The Black Edition also features contrast colours to the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in four different shades: Hallmark, Beluga, St James’ Red and a new shade, Cyber Yellow. Customers can also choose to colour-match the door mirrors as a final exterior accent.
Inside, the mix of dark tones and vivid highlights continues. Carbon fibre adorns the fascia, centre and roof consoles to create a dark opulent ambiance. Corresponding contrast stitching accentuates the diamond quilting of the doors and Mulliner GT Design seats.
It takes 110 hours to handcraft each and every Continental GT at the Bentley factory in Crewe, Cheshire. The upgraded W12 engine applied to all Continental GT Speed models is entirely assembled by 30 dedicated Bentley colleagues over 12 and a half hours.