2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed

2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley is introducing a new performance flagship, its fastest production model ever, the Continental GT Speed coupe. The new 205 mph (329 km/h) GT Speed will appeal to driving enthusiasts who place a high value on outright performance, agile handling, distinctive design and sporting luxury. Orders for the new GT Speed are being taken now, with deliveries to commence in October 2012.

At the heart of the new Continental GT Speed is an up-rated version of the unique Bentley 6-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 engine. For the new model, the legendary Bentley W12 develops 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm of torque to deliver thunderous, supercar performance with effortless overtaking capability. The 0-60 mph sprint is dispatched in a mere 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2s) and the GT Speed has a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h).

The new Speed’s immense power is transmitted via a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. This state-of-the-art transmission delivers quick yet imperceptible gear changes through intelligent adaptive control software to ensure the perfect combination of speed and refinement. The new gearbox also makes a significant contribution to an overall twelve per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Channelling the extreme performance of the GT Speed is a unique chassis tune that includes uprated steering and suspension systems and a lowered ride height. The enhanced chassis is complemented by unique 21-inch Speed wheels, available in two lustrous finishes, and fitted with 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tyres. The result is a sportier and more engaging Bentley driving experience with tauter handling and improved agility.

Commenting on the new GT Speed, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive says:

“For nearly a decade, the Bentley Continental GT has defined high luxury, high performance grand touring and the unique W12 engine has been so successful that Bentley is now the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder engines. The new GT Speed with its harder-edged, sportier character reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental coupe.”

The muscular, elegant sculpted coachwork of the Continental coupe is subtly enhanced with design touches which reinforce the sporting character of the new model. Most notable are the dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air intakes and the ‘rifled’ finish to the exhaust tailpipes.

The new GT Speed delivers supreme levels of performance with no compromise in comfort, refinement, craftsmanship and quality. Using only the finest natural materials, the hand-crafted cabin of the GT Speed features the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard as well as a number of signature Speed design cues that combine contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character.

Standard fitment on all Continental models, the permanent all-wheel drive system, employing a central Torsen differential, harnesses the prodigious power and torque of the new GT Speed and ensures huge levels of grip and stability whatever the road or weather conditions.

Ahead of deliveries this autumn, the GT Speed makes its international debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed from 28th June until 1st July. Modern-day Bentley Boys Juha Kankunnen, Guy Smith and Derek Bell will pilot a pre-production GT Speed up the Goodwood Hill twice a day.

Story by Bentley

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
released at2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed
built atCrewe, England
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Turbo
block materialALUSIL Aluminium-Silicon Alloy w/Silicon Crystal Liners
valvetrainChain-Driven DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedMulti-point Electronic Sequential Indirect Injection
displacement5998 cc / 366.02 in³
bore84 mm / 3.3 in
stroke90.2 mm / 3.6 in
power460 kw / 616.9 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output102.85 bhp per litre
bhp/weight265.91 bhp per tonne
torque800 nm / 590.0 ft lbs @ 1700 rpm
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsContinuous AWD
front tires275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero
rear tires275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero
front brakesSteel or Opt Carbon Silicon Carbide Cross Drilled Discs
rear brakesSteel or Opt Carbon Silicon Carbide Cross Drilled Discs
front wheelsF 53.3 x 24.1 cm / 21 x 9.5 in
rear wheelsR 53.3 x 24.1 cm / 21 x 9.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Air Suspension, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionTrapezoidal Multi-Link w/Air Suspension
curb weight2320 kg / 5116 lbs
wheelbase2746 mm / 108.1 in
length4806 mm / 189.2 in
width1944 mm / 76.5 in
height1404 mm / 55.3 in
transmissionZF 8-speed Automatic
gear ratios4.71:1, 3.14:1, 2.1:1, 1.67:1, 1.29:1, 1.00:1, 0.839:1, 0.667:1
top speed~330 kph / 204.93 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph~9.0 seconds
0 – 100 kph~4.2 seconds
fuel econ epa18.09 L/100 km or 13 mpg-us
city fuel econ epa11.76 L/100 km or 20 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa15.68 L/100 km or 15 mpg-us
urban fuel econ eu22.2 L/100 km or 10.60 mpg-us
extra urban fuel econ eu10.1 L/100 km or 23.29 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu14.5 L/100 km or 16.22 mpg-us
fuel capacity90 litres or 23.76 gal.