The twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 engine fitted to the 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed has been tuned to deliver 626 horsepower and a massive 607 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which is available from just 1,700 rpm. That’s up from 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in the outgoing model, and sees the 2015 GT Speed reach a top speed of 206 mph. The 2015 GT Speed Convertible will reach a top speed of 203 mph.
A close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission handles gear shifts, delivering Bentley's famously smooth ride while also matching the performance of the 2015 GT Speed's uprated engine. Drive goes to all four wheels, helping with traction. Owners can expect the 2015 GT Speed to accelerate to 60 mph from rest in 4.0 seconds flat.
The extra dynamic performance to the Continental flagship model is complemented by a more distinctive visual presence. The most obvious update is the new front bumper, which features a mesh grille over the intakes and a small pair of winglets. A dark tint has also been applied to the light surrounds and wheels, while the brake calipers get a bright red finish. A new exterior paint called Candy Red is also available on the 2015 GT Speed and is exclusive to the car.
The visual changes continue inside the cabin of the GT Speed, starting with a completely new color split reserved exclusively for the Speed models. Starting with a dark mono-tone interior, accent stripes in a contrasting color are applied across the doors, rear panels, fascia wings, inner console and gear lever. Matching contrasting stitching is then sewn to all aspects of the cabin.
Bentley chose to present its 2015 Continental GT Speed for the first time at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show today. Bentley is also using the Swiss show to present its new 2015 Flying Spur V8 and the rest of the 2015 Continental range, which gets a few minor updates. A rear-view camera and hand-crafted stowage case is now standard and many popular options have been grouped into new packages such as the Premier Specification, Interior Style Specification, GT Classic Specification and Mulliner Driving Specification, to name a few.
Bentley's 2015 lineup goes on sale this spring.