We know that the 2013 Bentley Continental GTC Speed wouldn't be too far behind its GT coupe sibling. Now, ahead of its debut at the 2013 Detroit auto show, we've gotten our first glimpse at the faster droptop.
Despite the deep shade of Barney purple, the 2013 GTC Speed still looks quite regal. The big difference between the Speed and lesser GTC models is the powerplant – we can assume that the GTC will use the same turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 as the coupe good for 616 hp, 590 lb-ft of torque, a 0-to-60-mph run of around four seconds, and a top speed near (if not cresting) the 200-mph mark. An eight-speed automatic transmission will send that furious power to all four wheels.
Aesthetic upgrades to the GTC Speed over the "regular" GTC look to be minimal. Only discerning enthusiasts will be able to tell the Speed apart from the normal W12 model by spotting the chrome surrounds for head- and taillights, W12 fender badging, and different wheels. The coupe also receives unique interior trim, "Speed" sill plates, and optional carbon ceramic brakes, all of which we should show up on the convertible as well.
Pricing for the Continental GT Speed begins at $215,000; expect a price tag somewhere north of that for the GTC Speed when it goes on sale next year. Look for more official details upon the car's unveiling in a few weeks at the Detroit auto show.