Monday, October 15, 2012

New Bentley Continental GT Speed

The name says it all. And from your first glimpse of the fastest, most powerful two-door coupé that Bentley makes, you know it’s the perfect description. With 21" wheels and lowered suspension, darkened grille and front bumper intakes glinting in the light, the Continental GT Speed makes no secret of its intent. If you love to drive far and fast, if the exhilaration of a 625PS, 800Nm engine and eight-speed close-ratio transmission makes your heart race, this is your car.

And yet this exceptional sports coupé, the newest, most powerful addition to the Continental stable still displays the refinement that makes a Bentley unique. Its all-wheel-drive transmission, biased 60:40 in favour of the rear, offers reassuring stability all year-round, come rain or shine. Its hand-crafted interior, which can be trimmed in a variety of materials from Burr Walnut to Dark Tint Aluminium, is supremely comfortable over long distances.

Bentley’s new Continental GT Speed coupé is capable of fast lap times, but it’s a real-world supercar, not a track special. Distinctive it may be, but it’s also the latest in a long line of devastatingly fast, smooth and rewarding Bentley grand tourers.

With peak power of 625PS, the new Continental GT Speed is the most powerful model in the current two-door Bentley Continental family. A full throttle standing start sees 60mph flash past in just 4.0 seconds. Top speed, should you have the opportunity to explore it, is 205 miles an hour.

Yet Bentley’s engineering team has ensured that the new GT Speed W12 engine and powertrain is just as fuel-efficient as the new Continental GT. The latest engine management system, a new eight-speed transmission and careful refinement of the turbocharger settings have seen an overall improvement of 13% in fuel economy, with a commensurate increase in tank range.

A revised Electronic Stability Programme calibration gives the driver free rein to explore the limits with safety, while the new chassis tune and lowered suspension accentuates the glued-to-the-road sensation during high-speed cornering.

Engine Capacity    5998cc
Max Power    616bhp / 460kW / 625PS @6000rpm
Max Torque    800Nm, 590 lb-ft @1700rpm
Fuel    98 (95) RON

8 speed ZF transmission with steering column mounted gearshift paddles
Permanent all-wheel drive with 40:60 front to rear torque split
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 Reverse 3.317

Max. Speed    205mph / 330km/h
Acceleration    0 - 60mph    4 seconds
Acceleration    0 - 100km/h    4.2 seconds
* Power rating based on 98 RON fuel

Kerb Weight    2320kg    5115lb
Gross Vehicle Weight    2750kg    6063lb
Boot Volume    358L    12.6cu-ft
Fuel tank capacity    90L    20 Gallons / 24 US Gallons

Overall Length    4806mm    189.2in
Width across mirrors    2227mm    87.7in
Width with Mirrors Folded    1943mm    76.5in
Overall Height    1394mm    54.8in
Wheel Base    2746mm    108.1in
Track Front / Rear    1667mm / 1663mm    65.6 / 65.5in

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