Though it doesn’t immediately look that different from the regular Bentley Continental GT, there are a few tell-tale signs that this car is a higher-performance version of Bentley’s coupe. Our colleagues at Motor Trend caught the performance machine testing on the streets of Germany.
The fact that this car has a slightly revised fascia with larger front air intakes, the Continental GT’s optional 21-inch wheels, and reshaped exhaust tips leads us to believe that this car is a test mule for a higher-performance Bentley. It would follow in the footsteps of the Bentley Continental GT Speed that was offered for the last-generation car. The current Continental GT debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The 2011 Continental GT has 567 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 engine. The last GT Speed offered 600 hp, so a new high-performance Bentley would need at least that amount of power to impress buyers. In addition to an infusion of horsepower, the prior Speed model also received stiffer springs and dampers, and larger brake discs. Although the changes made that car more capable, we opined that “the firmer GT Speed setup really doesn’t turn this big, heavy coupe into a plaything through the twisties.”
Rumors suggest a new Bentley could debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Be sure to check out the full set of spy photos at Motor Trend.
Source: Motor Trend