Having shown off its new, twin-turbocharged Continental GT at the Detroit auto show, Bentley has now revealed the 2013 Continental GT Speed. The new model is the fastest production Bentley yet, and improves on the previous GT Speed’s maximum velocity by 3 mph.
The Bentley Continental GT Speed continues to use a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W-12 engine; the regular Continental GT can be equipped either with a weaker version of that W-12 engine or a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine. In the case of the GT Speed, the W-12 has been upgraded to produce 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, enabling a claimed top speed of 205 mph. Bentley says the coupe will complete the 0-to-60-mph run in four seconds flat.
By contrast, the previous version of the Bentley Continental GT Speed was rated at 600 hp and 553 lb-ft. Bentley said the car required 4.3 seconds to reach 60 mph, and could reach 202 mph. That performance was nothing to scoff at, but the 2013 model is even faster.
Like the 2013 Bentley Continental GT and GTC, the new Speed model switches from a six-speed automatic transmission to a close-ratio, ZF-built eight-speed unit. Bentley says that helps improve acceleration and fuel economy; the 2012 GT Speed was rated at 10/17 mpg (city/highway).
Aside from the engine, the Bentley Continental GT Speed also benefits from sportier steering and suspension tuning, as well as a lower ride height. Unique 21-inch wheels are shod in Pirelli PZero performance tires. The Bentley wears black mesh grilles out front, and features the high-end Mulliner Driving Specification interior trim as standard.
The Bentley Continental GT Speed will make its public debut June 29 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Bentley is taking orders for the car now, with deliveries to start in October.