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Style at speed: MTM Birkin Edition Bentley Continental GT

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The MTM Birkin Edition knows when to leave well enough alone, and when to spice things up

The MTM Birkin Edition knows when to leave well enough alone, and when to spice things up

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When dealing with the amount of money and prestige involved with a custom Bentley Continental, it's easy to get carried away - and there are plenty of examples to attest to that. But sometimes a custom house pulls off an upgrade that actually enhances the original, and that's exactly what we have with the MTM Birkin Edition Bentley Continental GT.

The kit adds 90hp, raising the output to 650hp from the big V12 engine, and lifting torque to 587lb-ft. That's enough grunt to get the big car up to 62mph (100km/h) in just 4.9 seconds and on to 124mph (200km/h) in 15.9 seconds - three seconds quicker than the stock version.

MTM also lays claim to the title of 'world's fastest Bentley' thanks to the Birkin Edition's 205mph (331km/h) top speed, proven three years ago and not exceeded since.

MTM gets the extra performance out of the Continental GT with upgraded exhaust, an engine retune and a few secret tweaks. Other performance upgrades include a special F-Cantronic system that incorporates an electronic system to lower the Bentley by 35mm at the rear and 25mm at the front. Huge 412mm brakes with six-piston calipers stop the massive Bentley with ease.

Twenty-one inch alloy wheels in a classic design match the modern-classic lines of the Continental. The exterior and bodywork are otherwise left untouched.

MTM also offers the Birkin treatment to the Continental GTC, Flying Spur, GT Speed and GTC Speed in addition to the Continental GT pictured here.
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  1. Looks delicious! But isn't Birkin one of those U.K. based Lotus/Caterham 7esque kit cars?
     
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  2. Mike, different Birkin. This one is named after Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin, on of the Bentley boys from the 1930s (W.O. Bentley - pre Rolls-Royce era).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Birkin
     
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  3. Mike, one more thing (to bring this full circle). 'Birkin is the middle name of John Watson, who founded Birkin cars in South Africa. And guess who his middle name is after? That's right, Sir Henry Birkin.; -)
     
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  4. It's not a V12 under the hood admin
     
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