With a 206-mph top speed, Bentley's updated Continental GT Speed is its fastest production car ever.
The new Continental GT Speed's 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 engine benefits from an extra 7 horsepower and, more importantly, an additional 15 pound-feet of torque. That's enough to give the new model 633 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque, and it helps the big two-door sprint to 60 mph from a complete stop in a mere 3.9 seconds.
The updated GT Speed follows on the heels of the revised 2016 model, which we drove last year.
To celebrate the updated model, a new Black Edition joins the GT Speed lineup. Both convertible (GTC) and coupe (GT) variants of the Black Edition will be available, and each features details clearly inspired by the special edition's nameplate.
Available in the buyer's choice of color—not just black—the Black Edition does include special 21-inch black-finish alloy wheels and a high-gloss black finish on what would otherwise be the exterior chrome trim. A contrast color—in a choice of Hallmark, Beluga, St. James’ Red, and a new color, Cyber Yellow—is applied to the Black Edition's front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser.
The blacked-out look continues inside with copious use of carbon fiber trim. The model's exclusive Mulliner GT Design leather seats and center console will be offered with a choice of contrasting accent colors to match the exterior details. These colors consist of Porpoise, Beluga, Pillar Box Red, or the new Cyber Yellow. Contrast stitching in the same color will be found on the diamond quilting of the doors and seats
Bentley is taking orders now and the first cars will be delivered to customers this summer. There is no word on if the updated Continental GT Speed will be a 2016 or 2017 model.
This update is expected to be the model's last before a new Continental GT arrives for the 2018 model year.