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Bentley’s Continental GT Speed

The classic Bentley DNA is evident through the sensual powerline that runs the length of the car

 

Ahead of the Moscow Motor Show next week Bentley is releasing full technical details of the new Continental GT Speed, the fastest road-car Bentley has ever produced.

Powered by Bentley’s iconic 6-litre twin-turbo W12 engine, the GT Speed develops 625 PS (616 bhp) at 6000 rev/min – up 50 PS versus the standard Continental GT – with 800 Nm (590 lb.ft) of torque available from 2000 to 5000 rev/min (up 100 Nm) for instantly accessible high performance. Coupled with a new ZF eight-speed close-ratio automatic transmission and state-of-the-art engine management software, the GT Speed despatches the zero-to-sixty sprint in 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2s), reaching 100 mph (160 km/h) from a standing start in just 9.0 seconds. In-gear acceleration is equally breath-taking.

Despite the GT Speed’s sporting overtones, this grand tourer retains a hand-crafted interior created using only the finest natural materials.

Changes include a re-tuning of the electronically controlled damping and steering systems. Even the exhaust note promises to be deeper and more exhilarating under hard acceleration, remains civilised and refined during high-speed cruising.

Its all-wheel-drive system, biased 60:40 in favour of the rear, offers reassuring stability and the potential to access the prodigious performance all year round in virtually any weather conditions or road surface.

The 575 PS (567 bhp) W12 powertrain of the Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible models also benefits from enhancements made to the more powerful  GT Speed. In addition to the new engine management system and eight-speed transmission, all W12 engines now feature an energy recuperation system. Together, these deliver a 12% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions across the GT W12 range and a 10% improvement for the GTC W12 

 

 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  GT Speed GT W12 GTC W12
Engine
Type 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Max Power 616 bhp / 460 kW / 625 PS @6000 rpm 567 bhp / 423 kW / 575 PS @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque 800 Nm / 590 lb.ft @ 2000 rpm 700 Nm / 516 lb.ft @ 1700 rpm
Transmission
Type ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift
Driveline Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)
Ratios 1st : 4.71; 2nd: 3.14; 3rd: 2.1; 4th: 1.67; 5th: 1.29; 6th: 1.00; 7th: 0.839; 8th: 0.667
Final Drive 2.85
Brakes
Front 405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Rear 335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm, Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Wheels and Tyres
Wheels 9.5J x 21” 9.5J x 20” (optional 9.5J x 21”)
Tyres 275/35 ZR21 275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21)
Steering
Type Rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic
Turns lock-to-lock 2.6 turns
Turning circle 11.3 m
Suspension
Front Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar
Rear Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar
Damping Continuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic performance
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2746 mm / 108.1 in
Overall length 4806 mm / 189.2 in
Width (across body) 1944 mm / 76.5 in
Width (inc. mirrors) 2227 mm / 87.7 in
Overall height 1394 mm / 54.9 in 1404 mm / 55.3 in 1403 mm / 55.2 in
Fuel tank 90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 US gallons
Boot volume 358 litres / 12.6 cu ft 260 / 9.18 cu ft
Kerb weight (EU) 2320 kg / 5115 lb 2495 kg / 5500 lb
Gross vehicle weight 2750 kg / 6063 lb 2900 kg / 6393 lb
Performance
Top speed 205 mph / 330 km/h 198 mph (318 km/h) 195 mph (314 km/h)
0-60 mph 4.0 secs 4.3 secs 4.4 secs
0-100 mph 9.0 secs 9.8 secs 10.3 secs
0-100 km/h 4.2 secs 4.5 secs 4.7 secs
0-160 km/h 9.0 secs 9.8 secs 10.3 secs
Fuel Consumption (EU cycle)*
Urban 12.7 mpg (22.2 litres/100km) 12.5 mpg (22.7 litres/100km)
Extra Urban 28.0 mpg (10.1 litres/100km) 27.2 mpg (10.4 litres/100km)
Combined 19.5 mpg (14.5 litres/100km) 19.0 mpg (14.9 litres/100km)
CO2 emissions 338 g/km 347 g/km
Fuel Consumption (EPA cycle)**
City (US mpg) 13 12
Highway (US mpg) 20 20
Combined (US mpg) 15 15
Emissions Controls EU 5 and US LEV II

 

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