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2012 Bentley Continental GT Speed, fastest model ever

June 20, 2012

Bentley has unveiled the new Bentley Continental GT Speed ahead of its official debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month. The new model is being pitched as the company’s fastest production car ever made.

Featuring a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine producing 460kW of power and 800Nm of torque, it’s easy to understand how the new GT Speed is the fastest model ever. Top speed has been rated at 329km/h, while 0-100km/h comes up in 4.2 seconds.

Power is channelled through an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission and fed into all four wheels. The gearbox is not only a performance close-ratio unit, it also contributes to keep fuel consumption to a minimum. Bentley says overall economy has been improved by 12 per cent.

Distinguishing the Speed from the normal Continental is muscular body styling, with an aggressive front bumper bar and tinted front grille, lower air intakes in the front end, new exhaust tips, and a set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 275/35 tyres.

To assist in keeping the big bruiser composed at all times, the GT Speed gets sports suspension and a lowered ride height, as well as an uprated steering system. Wolfgang Durheimer, Bentley chairman and CEO, recently said,

“For nearly a decade, the Bentley Continental GT has defined high luxury, high performance grand touring and the unique W12 engine has been so successful that Bentley is now the world’s largest producer of 12-cylinder engines.

“The new GT Speed with its harder-edged, sportier character reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental coupe.”

Inside, it’s all Bentley, with acres of leather and fine materials, along with handcrafted features that come with the Mulliner Driving Specification option, as standard.

Orders for the new model are being taken now, internationally, with deliveries set to take place in October.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.