Bentley has released full details about the 2013 Continental GT Speed, the new performance flagship of the British automaker.
Bentley has released full details about the 2013 Continental GT Speed, the new performance flagship of the British automaker. The car is motivated by a large twin-turbo W12 6.0-liter engine that develops 616 hp (460 kW / 625 PS) at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) available between 2,000 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The power is transferred to the wheels with the help of an 8-speed ZF close-ratio automatic gearbox, allowing the car to do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in just 4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).
The front suspension consists of an aluminum double wishbone while at the back it has a trapezoidal multi-link configuration. Bentley’s engineers have updated the air suspension springs and dampers, providing better body control. The Speed’s self-leveling system can position the ride height 10mm lower in comparison to the regular Continental GT.
The stopping power is provided by the large 405 mm (front) / 335 mm (rear) ventilated, cast iron brake discs with 8-piston calipers. Available for more money are the 420 mm (front) / 356 mm (rear) cross-drilled carbon silicon-carbide discs that are 20 kg lighter compared to the standard discs.
Exclusive to this model are the 9.5J x 21-inch ten twin-spoke wheels that are available in dark or bright tint finishes, and are wrapped in 275/35 ZR21 tires. Also only available on the GT Speed are the rifled exhaust tailpipes which are complemented by the rear lamp bezels.
Inside the cabin there is an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 30GB hard drive. It comes with an eight-speaker sound system that can be controlled straight from an iPod. DAB digital radio is also supported wherever this infrastructure is available.
Additional details can be found in the press release below.