Bentley chose to use this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil its fastest-ever production model, the new Continental GT Speed. Powered by a twin-turbo W-12 engine rated at 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the all-wheel-drive coupe can sprint to a top speed of 205 mph, hitting 60 mph from a standstill in just four seconds.
An eight-speed, ZF-built automatic transmission sends power to a Torsen center differential, where it's divvied up front to rear depending upon available traction. Twenty-one-inch wheels are standard, shod with Pirelli P Zero tires for maximum grip and the shortest possible stopping distances.
As the video demonstrates, the luxury grand-tourer is surprisingly light on its feet, carrying an impressive amount of speed into corners. Yes, there’s some body roll to be seen, but we expect that from a car that’s attempting to blend equal parts velocity and luxury.
That’s four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen handling the driving duties in the wet, and as near as we can tell that’s Derek Bell in the passenger seat. It’s hard enough for us to occupy the shotgun seat while someone else handles the driving duties, so we can’t imagine that Bell found it any easier.