2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
Some people are never satisfied. Give them 567-horsepower, wrapped in the sexiest sheet-metal on the street and they’ll want more. Well for those ne’er satisfieds Bentley has just added 49-horsepower and 74 lb-ft. of torque to the 2nd generation Continental GT and called it the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed.
Yes, the GT Speed returns with the turbos in its W12 cranked up to 28-psi. And that makes it the fastest Bentley ever, as it can manage 205 miles-per-hour.
Our first drive opportunity came in Germany, where we were able to find some stretches of Autobahn to unleash the W12 in its ideal environment, finding a car that feels smooth and mostly stable at extremely high speeds. We didn’t hit 205, but we came pretty close.
Heading into the Alps, the weight that helped the Continental feel so solid on the highway became a bit of a hindrance on the twistys, though a new Sport mode helps as it sharpens the throttle, quickens shifts, and gives you a throatier exhaust note.
Still, no matter what speed you’re travelling, it’s hard not to appreciate the superior craftsmanship and luxury of the interior. Exterior differences are subtle… a different finish to the grille, new W12 fender badges, chrome trim rings around the tail lights, and “rifled” exhaust tips.
The 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed arrives before year end, going for $215,000.