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Crewe’s Missile
It’s a sunny, 80-degree day on the vast, thirteen-mile test track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany. Automobile Magazine’s European editor, Georg Kacher, is preparing to pilot a metallic red Bentley Continental GT beyond the 200-mph mark.

Crewe’s Missile
Bentley‘s gorgeous new Contential GT features a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 engine producing 550-horsepower and 479-pound-feet of torque. It delivers its power through a six-speed manu-matic gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive.

Crewe’s Missile
Posing with the Conti, left to right: Ulrich Eichhorn, the Bentley board member in charge of research and development; Brian Gush, director of chassis, powertrain, and motorsport; and the ever-intrepid Georg Kacher.

Crewe’s Missile

Crewe’s Missile

Crewe’s Missile

Crewe’s Missile

Crewe’s Missile
Our six-foot seven-inch European editor, Georg Kacher, has made a habit of traveling beyond 200 miles per hour. Since his first time, in a Porsche 959, Kacher pressed some twenty-five cars beyond that mark&#151including, most recently, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a Porsche Carrera GT, and a Ferrari Enzo.

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On the long track’s high-speed straights, the Conti managed to return a mere 4.7 mpg&#151enough to prompt the low-fuel warning after only seven laps and run the 23.8-gallon tank dry after less than forty minutes.

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Suction-cupped to the windshied, the Datron GPS-guided speedo registers an astonishing 324 km/h&#151that’s 201 mph. Before this run was through, Kacher and his courageous photographer, Detlev Wecke, would touch 329 km/h (204 mph), firming up Bentley‘s claim that Continental GT is the world’s fastest four-seater.

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