01 August 2007

The 202mph Bentley

Lighter, faster 600bhp Continental GT 'Speed' model unleashed

Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley has unveiled its fastest, most powerful car this side of the 2003 Le Mans-winning EXP prototype.

The new 'Speed' model is the first Bentley to officially top 200mph - 202mph to be exact - thanks mostly to an uprated version of the 6.0-litre W12 engine.

This interstellar spaceship of an engine bulks up to 600bhp and uses lower friction, lighter internals to help it spin harder and faster, resulting in a 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds - 0.3 seconds nippier than the standard GT model.

The 0-100mph time is equally bonkers: 10.3 seconds...

Both the standard GT and Speed models have been on the salad - weight is down by 35kg while the steering has been quickened with a revised rack.

Elsewhere there's a tweaked chassis for greater agility, carbon ceramic brakes (if you spec the 20in alloy wheels) and larger exhaust pipes and a dark-tinted front grille on the Speed model.

Prices have also gone up. The standard Continental GT costs £120,500 (an extra £3000) and the Speed comes in at £137,500. 

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