2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed facelift spy shotsEnlarge Photo
While the slightly horrendous EXP 9 F SUV concept will make its U.K. debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, it will likely be overshadowed by a new model "combining stunning performance with exquisite luxury in the Bentley tradition."
The new car, perhaps the latest iteration of the GT Speed
, will make its debut during the Supercar Run and will also be shown at the Bentley Motors stand during the event. The Continental, which the GT Speed is based on, was updated this year
to include some new styling cues, a new 500-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 engine option, and a slightly lower price tag than the W-12 models.
If the car to come at Goodwood is indeed a freshened GT Speed, it will likely use a more hotly-tuned version of the 6.0-liter W-12 engine in the current GT Speed, which is rated at 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Improved shifting with a new Quickshift function that allows double downshifts could improve performance, and tweaks to the chassis including increased rigidity and lower weight.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs June 28 to July 1.