The new model year brings an extra 7 horsepower (5 kilowatts) and 15 pound-feet (20 newton meters) of torque for the massive biturbo 6.0-liter W12 engine now delivering a grand total of 642 hp and 620 lb-ft (840 Nm). Bentley’s engineers have optimized the boost control to make sure the additional torque is applied through the entire rev range and now the peak torque is available from 2,000 rpm to 5,000 rpm.
Thanks to the extra punch, the Continental GT Speed will now run the sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in 3.9 seconds (0-62 mph / 0-100 kph takes 4.1s) before topping out at 206 mph (331 kph). Compared to the previous version, the model is 0.1s quicker in both sprints and has the same top speed as before.
Along with the new model year, Bentley is also introducing a Black Edition of the Continental GT Speed available for both coupe and convertible body styles. Available with a wide variety of colors, the special variant can be visually distinguished by high gloss black accents, including for the lamp bezels and window openings. Buyers get to choose from black or red brake calipers hiding behind those five-spoke, all-black 21-inch wheels.
Moreover, the Black Edition has contrast colors on the front splitter, rear diffuser, and side skirts that can be had in St James’ Red, Beluga, Hallmark, and a new hue called Cyber Yellow. Rounding off the list of exterior tweaks is the possibility to color-match the side mirror caps.
Stepping inside the cabin, there are carbon fiber accents on the fascia, center, and roof consoles, combined with contrasting leather available in Pillar Box Red, Beluga, Porpoise, or the fresh Cyber Yellow to continue the exterior’s theme. These leathers come with contrast stitching on the Mulliner GT Design seats and there’s also diamond quilting for the door panels.
Both the regular Continental GT Speed and the GT Speed Black Edition are already available on order, with Bentley saying it will kick off deliveries in the summer.