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(from Bentley Press
Release) New 600bhp Continental GT Speed extends the worldwide
appeal of Bentleys iconic GT coupe 1 August, 2007 - The most
powerful production Bentley ever and the first to top 200mph.
- Inspired by
Bentleys legendary Speed models of the1920s.
- A harder-edged, more sporting Bentley driving experience.
- Builds on the success of Bentleys iconic Continental GT
The Continental GT Speed
is the most powerful production Bentley ever and the first to top
200mph (322km/h). A potent addition to the companys highly
successful Continental series, the GT Speed extends the appeal of
the Continental GT coupe to driving enthusiasts who place a high
value on outright performance and agile handling.
The exterior style of the new Continental GT and GT Speed models is
defined by a wider, lower air intake and more upright radiator
grille that also provide increased airflow to the more powerful GT
Speed. Its 600bhp (610PS) W12 engine develops 15 percent more torque
and nine percent more power than the standard Continental GT, while
engine efficiency is optimised by the use of lower friction,
lighter-weight components and a new engine management system. The
resultant performance is exceptional, with a top speed of 202mph
(326km/h), a zero to 60mph sprint time of just 4.3 seconds
(0-100km/h in 4.5s) and effortless overtaking capability.
Complementing the Continental GT Speeds high performance is its
unique chassis tune that delivers tauter handling and improved
agility, with new, wider 9.5J 20-inch wheels and bespoke performance
tyres as standard fitment. Fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes are
available as an option. Subtle design touches, including a
dark-tinted front grille and larger sports tailpipes, reinforce the
sporting character of the Continental GT Speed.
Inspiration for the GT Speed came from the legendary Speed models
that first appeared in 1923. The standard Bentley 3-litre had
already established Bentleys engineering superiority in terms of
roadholding, handling and braking, but W.O. Bentley, the companys
founder, recognised the market potential for a more potent version
aimed at the enthusiast driver who demanded superior performance.
His response, the 3-litre Speed Model, complete with twin SU
carburettors and a higher compression ratio engine, became one of
the most coveted of all Bentleys.
Both the GT Speed and the 552bhp (560PS) Continental GT benefit from
internal efficiency improvements to deliver reduced fuel consumption
and CO2 emissions. The Continental GT remains outstandingly quick
its top speed is unchanged at 198mph (318km/h), with a 0-60mph
sprint time of 4.6 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8s).
The all-wheel drive Continental GT changed the face of the luxury
coupe market and attracted a wider audience to the Bentley marque.
It also represented the first step in Bentley's renaissance,
positioning the company at the pinnacle of both technology and
consumer aspiration. Since its launch, demand for a sportier version
of the Continental GT was met by the successful introduction of the
2005 GT Mulliner Driving Specification and the limited edition GT
Diamond Series in 2006, to celebrate 60 years of Bentley at Crewe.
Now, with the launch of the Continental GT Speed, customers will
enjoy even greater choice. Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Dr
Franz Josef-Paefgen welcomes the expansion of the Continental GT
The Continental GT is a highly successful, modern-day Bentley icon.
The new GT Speed, with its harder-edged character and sportier
driving experience, builds on this success.
New Continental GT Series News
- The most powerful Bentley production car ever, its highly
efficient W12 engine delivers 600bhp (610PS/449kW) and 553lb ft
- A nine percent increase in power and 15 percent increase in
- Top speed of 202mph (326km/h).
- 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5s).
- 0-100mph in 10.3 seconds (0-160km/h in 10.2s).
- Effortless overtaking performance: 50-70mph in just 2.3
seconds (80-120km/h in 3.0s).
- CO2 emissions reduced by 3.5 percent to 396 g/km, with a
similar reduction in fuel consumption as a result of improved
- Harder-edged, more sporting driving experience through
- Lowered ride height, uprated spring/damper settings and
uprated anti-roll bars for improved agility and body control.
- New levels of roadholding thanks to superior grip from unique
9.5Jx20 wheels with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres.
- Improved steering response achieved through retuned
speed-sensitive Servotronic system, solid-mounted front subframe
and stiffer rear bushings.
- Dynamic mode introduced on the uprated Bosch 8.1 ESP system
with more progressive intervention to cater for the more
- Subtle styling modifications distinguish the Continental GT
Speed from the Continental GT:
- Front grille and lower air intakes in dark-tinted chrome
- Wider rifled sports exhaust tail pipes.
- Mulliner Driving Specification (also available as an option on
the Continental GT) includes:
- Drilled alloy sport foot-pedals, knurled chrome/hide gearlever
- Diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors and rear quarter
- Power output of the standard W12 engine remains at 552bhp
(560PS) but benefits from internal efficiency improvements for a
reduction in C02 emissions of 3.5 percent to 396 g/km, with a
similar reduction in fuel consumption.
- Top speed is unchanged at 198mph (318km/h), with a 0-60mph
time of 4.6 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8s).
- Improved ride comfort thanks to addition of new low-friction
- In combination with the all-wheel drive system, the uprated
ESP 8.1 with new Sport Traction mode ensures superb traction,
without being intrusive.
- Distinctive, classic Bentley B brake pedal.
- 35kg (77lb) reduction in kerb weight due primarily to
optimisation of suspension and cooling system components.
- Increased use of aluminium parts in suspension benefits
steering feel and rolling comfort.
- Revised Servotronic power steering gives improved feel and
- Optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes provide improved
brake feel (only available on 20-inch wheels).
- Discs will last lifetime of car and pad life is doubled (in
normal driving conditions).
- New, more upright front grille and larger lower air intakes
give improved airflow, to aid engine cooling.
- Chromed headlamp bezels.
- Two new exterior paint colours (Cumbrian Green and Granite).
- Two new leather hide colours (Newmarket Tan and Cumbrian
- The new Continental GT and GT Speed are available to order
from August 2007.
for all Continental GT models
At the heart of both Continental GT models is the Bentley 6-litre,
twin turbocharged W12 engine, the most compact 12-cylinder engine in
production. The 48-valve head employs four camshafts and continually
variable valve-timing. Power is transmitted via a ZF six-speed
A host of engine and transmission enhancements have been introduced
on the 552bhp (560PS) Continental GT to enhance both the refinement
and efficiency of this high technology powertrain. These include:
- New crankcase
design to reduce internal losses.
- More efficient catalyst and exhaust system for improved
- Lighter weight single chain drive for camshaft.
- New engine management system and faster response cam sensor.
For the Continental GT,
the engine continues to produce 552bhp (560PS / 412kW) at 6100
rev/min and a maximum torque of 650Nm (479lb ft) from1600 rev/min.
The twin, low-inertia turbochargers are a key factor in producing
the flat torque curve, characteristic of every Bentley.
A new higher output of the W12 engine is specified for the GT Speed,
sharing engine efficiency improvements with the GT model. New
lighter weight con rods enhance engine response, while new pistons,
with anodised compression ring grooves, are designed to withstand
increased cylinder pressures. Together with a recalibrated version
of the new engine management system, the GT Speed develops nine
percent more power than the GT - 600bhp (610PS) at 6000 rev/min. The
maximum torque of 750Nm (553lb ft) at 1750 rev/min represents an
increase of over 15 percent versus the standard engine. As a result,
the GT Speed becomes the first production Bentley to top 200mph
(322km/h), with a V-max of 202mph (326km/h).
Both the Continental GT Speed and GT models now produce lower CO2
emissions of 396g/km, down from 410g/km, an improvement of 3.5
percent. Fuel consumption is improved by a similar amount.
Brian Gush, Director, Chassis and Powertrain, says the two new
models offer something for every Bentley enthusiast:
The Continental GT will continue to be the benchmark for the luxury
coupe class, offering an unrivalled blend of performance and
refinement. The new Continental GT Speed is a true drivers car with
immense power and superb handling.
The advanced ZF 6HP26 six-speed automatic gearbox has the ability to
lock up its torque converter during normal driving conditions
replicating the immediacy of a manual transmission while maintaining
the smoothness of an automatic. A manual override function allows
clutchless manual changes via the gearlever or steering wheel
Providing huge levels of grip and stability in all weather
conditions, the all-wheel drive system harnesses the prodigious
power and torque of both the Continental GT and GT Speed coupes. The
system uses a central Torsen differential and a differential on both
the front and rear axles providing a standard 50:50 torque split.
This front to rear ratio is variable depending on the available grip
and the system can sense slip of less than one percent and react by
apportioning the engine's torque to either the front or rear axle.
The advanced electronic stability programme (ESP) has been uprated
to ESP 8.1 for both models. The Continental GT has a new Sport
Traction mode that moderates ESP intervention at low speeds,
providing a greater degree of driver interaction and control. This
is particularly beneficial from standing starts, for example when
pulling away uphill on low traction surfaces.
The Continental GT Speed offers a new 'Dynamic Mode' that allows
increased wheel slip at higher speeds than the 'Sport Traction' mode
on the standard chassis. Torque is reinstated more quickly after the
traction control system is triggered, giving the spirited driver a
greater sense of control and the ability to exploit the full
potential of the new engine.
Highly tuned suspension for outstanding handling
Chassis, suspension and steering modifications for both the
Continental GT and GT Speed models ensure they have the handling to
match their formidable powertrains. Both are suspended on double
wishbones at the front and a trapezoidal multi-link system at the
rear. Much of the suspension is made from lightweight aluminium. The
GT Speed model also benefits from a solid-mounted front subframe,
while high-stiffness aluminium front uprights are common to both
models. Together with stiffer rear suspension bushes these deliver
even sharper handling characteristics. The GT Speed also features
modified front and rear anti-roll bars to minimise understeer and
optimise handling balance.
Self-levelling air suspension that constantly monitors and adjusts
the ride height and damping according to road conditions is common
to both models, although the GT Speed is engineered to sit 10mm
lower at the front and 15mm lower at the rear to improve handling
dynamics. Uprated springs and dampers, together with revised
software control, further improve the agility and body control of
the GT Speed.
All-new 9.5Jx20-inch alloy wheels with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero tyres
have a major effect on the GT Speeds steering and grip levels. The
wider wheel and reduced tyre wall profile improve the tyres lateral
stiffness giving noticeably sharper steering response and feel. The
new Pirelli performance tyres are developed specifically for the GT
Speed and benefit from a unique construction and rubber compound for
enhanced levels of grip.
Both the Continental GT and GT Speed benefit from changes to the
rack and pinion steering. Revisions to the systems hydraulics
reduce friction and improve steering feel, while a new version of
the speed-sensitive Servotronic system also increases levels of
feedback to the driver.
Secondary ride levels the response of the car to poor road
surfaces, pot holes or cats eyes, for example have been improved
on the 552bhp Continental GT model with the addition of low friction
dampers. And even though the new GT Speed has stiffer, lowered
suspension its ride quality is on a par with the 2007 Continental
The Continental GT and GT Speed are both equipped with the largest
brakes of any production passenger car on sale today. The ventilated
front discs have a 405mm diameter and are 36mm thick. Ventilated
discs are also used at the back, with a diameter of 335mm and a
thickness of 22mm.
For both models, the performance boundaries are further extended by
Bentleys optional carbon/silicon carbide brake system. Boasting 420
x 40mm carbon-silicon carbide, cross-drilled front discs and 356 x
28mm rears, with eight-piston callipers, the new brakes are even
larger than the standard system. The system provides a 20kg
reduction in rotating and unsprung mass, benefiting steering
response and handling.
The lightweight, fade-resistant braking system minimises disc
distortion under high thermal conditions. Under normal driving
conditions the brake discs will last the lifetime of the car.
Furthermore, brake pad life is doubled compared with the standard
Complementing the braking systems of both Continental GT models are
sophisticated safety systems, including Hydraulic Braking Assistance
(HBA), anti-lock braking (ABS), drag torque control (MSR) and
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). The latter monitors the
level of grip available to each tyre and apportions braking force
accordingly. This not only helps reduce stopping distances but also
greatly enhances the control enjoyed by the driver under heavy
Subtle changes to acclaimed coupe design
The Continental GT has received many accolades for its distinctive,
muscular and elegant style. It has redefined the concept of the
contemporary Grand Touring coupe: forward looking yet faithful to
Bentleys design heritage. Classic sculpted coupe design cues such
as curvaceous rear haunches, short front overhang, prominent front
grille and longer rear overhang echo the look and feel of some of
the great Bentleys of yesteryear. The style of the GT has stimulated
customer interest like no other Bentley to create a modern-day
design icon. For the latest iteration of the Continental GT success
story, the enhancements of the cars exterior are therefore
intentionally subtle, as Director of Design, Dirk van Braeckel
Our objective was to convey the performance potential of the new GT
Speed model, while retaining all the design cues so valued by our
The principal changes to the frontal appearance are common to both
the GT and the new GT Speed. The subtly revised front grille, now
more vertical, has a more pronounced square edge accentuating the
GTs distinctive Bentley profile. Beneath the grille, the all-new
lower bumper design features a wider central air intake that
emphasises the sporting stance of the new models. Chromed bezels
around the headlamps complement the new frontal design.
The Continental GT Speed is distinguished from the Continental GT by
its dark-tinted chrome matrix grille to the main and lower air
intakes. Bright chromed grilles may be specified at no extra cost.
At the rear, a black lower bumper valance and wider, rifled exhaust
tailpipes emphasise the GT Speeds sporting character, reinforced by
new multi-spoke 20-inch sports alloy wheels. As an option, these may
be specified with a dark chromed finish.
The GT Speeds cabin is based on that of the Mulliner Driving
Specification (a cost option on the standard GT). It includes a
choice of veneers (Burr Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut and Piano
Black), Diamond-quilted hide seats with embroidered Bentley emblem,
indented hide headlining, a sports alloy gearlever, three-spoke
multi-function sports steering wheel, drilled alloy foot-pedals as
well as Speed logos to the treadplates.
A range of Mulliner options provide further opportunities for
personalisation including fascia panels, header and centre console
in bright aluminium or, unique to the GT Speed, dark tint aluminium
(compatible only with Dark Stained Burr Walnut veneer or Piano Black
veneer and single tone interior colour scheme). The Continental GT
also benefits from a new Bentley B brake pedal.
Continental GT and GT Speed customers have a choice of 16 standard
paint colours and 17 premium grade leather hide colours, including
two new exterior paint colours (Cumbrian Green and Granite) and two
new interior leather hide colours (Newmarket Tan and Cumbrian
Green). Customers also have the option to select from the Arnage
colour palette or choose Bentleys colour-matching programme to
produce a bespoke colour of their choice.
In 2002, the all-wheel drive Continental GT stunned the automotive
world following its unveiling at the Paris Show. It changed the face
of the luxury coupe market and attracted a wider audience to the
Bentley marque. The Continental Flying Spur (2005) and the
Continental GTC convertible (2006) that followed established a
family of models that has been responsible for a dramatic increase
in Bentley production at its Crewe factory from around 1000 cars in
2003 to more than 9000 in 2006. No Bentley models in history have
been so successful, nor enjoyed such international appeal.
Two-door pillarless coupe
Type 12-cylinder, 6-litre twin-turbocharged engine
Installation Front, longitudinal, all-wheel drive
Construction Alloy heads and block
Bore/stroke 84 x 90.2mm
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Valve gear Chain-driven DOHC per bank, 4 valves per cylinder, cam
phased inlet and outlet
Power GT Speed: 600bhp/610PS/449kW @ 6000rev/min
GT: 552bhp/560PS/412kW @ 6100rev/min
Torque GT Speed: 553lb ft/750Nm @ 1750rev/min
GT: 479lb ft/650Nm @1600rev/min
Fuel 98 (95) RON
Type Continuous all-wheel drive
Gearbox ZF 6-speed automatic
Ratios 1st: 4.17
Final drive: 3.526
Top speed GT Speed: 202mph (326km/h)
GT: 198mph (318km/h)
0-60mph (0-100km/h) GT Speed: 4.3 seconds (4.5 seconds)
GT: 4.6 seconds (4.8 seconds)
0-100mph (0-160km/h) GT Speed: 10.3 seconds (10.2 seconds)
GT: 11.1 seconds (11.1 seconds)
30-50mph (50-80km/h) GT Speed: 1.7 seconds (1.7 seconds)
GT: 1.8 seconds (1.8 seconds)
50-70mph (80-120km/h) GT Speed: 2.3 seconds (3.0 seconds)
GT: 2.5 seconds (3.2 seconds)
Front Four-link double wishbones, computer-controlled self-levelling
air suspension, anti-roll bar
Rear Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air
suspension, anti-roll bar
Type Rack & pinion, power-assisted, speed-sensitive
Turns lock to lock 2.7
Turning circle (kerb to kerb) 11.2m (36 9)
Front 405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm carbon/ silicon
carbide, cross-drilled discs)
Rear 335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm carbon/ silicon carbide,
Anti lock Standard with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
BODY & CHASSIS
Construction Steel monocoque
Length 4804mm (189.13in)
Width (inc. mirrors) 2102mm (82.76in)
Weight 2350kg (5180lb)
Height GT Speed: 1380mm (54.33in)
GT: 1390mm (54.72in)
Wheelbase 2745mm (108.07in)
Front track 1623mm (63.9in)
Rear track 1607mm (63.27in)
Wheels GT Speed: 9.5J 20-inch Alloy
GT: 9.0J 19-inch Alloy
(optional 9.0J 20-inch Alloy)
Tyres GT Speed 275/35x20 bespoke Pirelli P-Zero
GT 275/40x19 Pirelli P-Zero Rosso
(optional 275/30x20 Pirelli P-Zero Rosso)
Luggage volume 370 litres (13.1 cu.ft.)
Fuel tank capacity 90 litres (19.8 gallons/23.8 US gallons)
Front legroom 1075mm (42.32in)
Rear legroom 766mm (30.16in)
Fuel consumption Urban: 11.2mpg (25.3 litres/100km)
Extra Urban: 24.3mpg (11.6 litres/100km)
Combined: 17.0mpg (16.6 litres/100km)
Carbon dioxide emissions 396g/km
Emission controls EU 1V and US LEV II
EPA Drive Cycle City Driving: 10.0mpg (US)
Highway Driving: 17.0mpg (US)
CONTINENTAL GT FEATURE SPECIFICATIONS
EXTERIOR FEATURES Bright chromed grille
Twin oval stainless steel tail pipes
Single tone, hide-trimmed multi-function steering wheel in a 4-spoke
Footpedal with Bentley B emblem
Hide and chrome trimmed gear lever with
manual shift change facility
CONTINENTAL GT SPEED FEATURE
Dark chromed radiator and lower grille
Twin rifled oval stainless steel sports tail pipes
Lowered sports suspension
Painted black finish to engine cover
INTERIOR FEATURES Unique treadplates bearing model name
Diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors
and rear quarter panels
Embroidered Bentley emblem to seat facings
Indented hide headlining
Single-tone, hide-trimmed multi-function
steering wheel in a 3-spoke sports design with
silver switch surround
Sporting gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide
Drilled alloy sport foot-pedals
THE MULLINER DRIVING SPECIFICATION (STANDARD ON CONTINENTAL GT
SPEED, OPTIONAL ON CONTINENTAL GT)
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Choice of veneers
- Burr Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut,
Piano Black (additional veneers available at extra cost)
Drilled alloy sport foot-pedals
Sporting gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide
Diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors and rear quarter
Embroidered Bentley emblem to seat facings
Indented hide headlining
20'' 2-piece alloy sports wheels (Continental GT only)
20'' multi-spoke alloy wheels in painted finish (Continental
GT Speed only)
MULLINER FEATURES ARE AVAILABLE SEPARATELY FOR BOTH MODELS:
fuel filler cap
Exterior paint match service to customer specification
Exterior paint colour from Arnage range
Contrast stitching to seats and door panels
Cross-stitching to seats and door panels (in contrast)
Embossed BENTLEY to seat facings
Choice of premium veneers Chestnut and Olive Ash
Fascia panels available in bright or dark tint* aluminium
Fascia panels, header and centre console in bright or dark
4-spoke wood and hide-trimmed multi-function steering wheel
(choice of veneers - Burr Walnut, Chestnut, Dark Stained Burr
Madrona, Piano Black)
Lambswool rugs to front footwells (matched to carpet)
Deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming to front and rear
(matched to carpet)
Boot carpet to match interior carpet
Continental GT Speed only