LA Auto Show: Bentley Continental GT Speed makes stateside debut

Bentley Continental GT Speed

The most powerful Bentley made its debut for the U.S. market at the 2007 LA Auto Show. The Bentley Continental GT Speed is the first Bentley to top 200 mph and joins the Continental lineup with an aggressive exterior design that is wider with lower air intakes.

The Bentley Continental GT Speed is powered by a W12 engine that produces 600 horsepower giving the car the ability to do 0-62mph 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 202mph. 50-70 mph takes just 2.3 seconds.

The car will hit U.S. dealerships in December of 2007 with a price tag of $199,990. It is absolutely a looker in person.

Click through for the press release live images from the 2007 LA Auto Show.

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Press Release:

A potent addition to the company”s highly successful Continental Series, the all-new GT Speed model
extends the appeal of the Continental GT coupé to driving enthusiasts who place high value on outright
performance and agile handling.

Inspiration for the GT Speed came from Bentley”s legendary “˜Speed” models that first appeared in 1923. The standard Bentley 3-liter had already established Bentley”s engineering superiority in terms of roadholding, handling and braking, but W.O. Bentley, the company”s founder, recognized the market potential for a more potent version aimed at the enthusiast driver who demanded superior performance. His response, the 3-liter”˜Speed Model”, complete with twin SU carburettors and a higher compression ratio engine, became one of the most coveted of all Bentleys.

The exterior style of the new GT Speed model is defined by a wider, lower air intake and more upright radiator grille that also provide increased airflow. Engine efficiency is optimized by the use of lower friction and lighter-weight components and a new engine management system. The resultant performance is exceptional, with a top speed of 202mph, a zero to 60mph sprint time of just 4.3 seconds and effortless overtaking capability.

Highlights of the Continental GT Speed include:

“¢ The most powerful Bentley production car ever, its highly efficient 12-cylinder engine delivers 600
hp and 553 lb ft of torque; a 9 percent increase in power and 15 percent increase in torque over the
standard GT coupe.
“¢ 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds / Top speed of 202mph.
“¢ Effortless overtaking performance: 50-70mph in just 2.3 seconds.
“¢ CO2 emissions reduced by 3.5 percent to 396 g/km, with a similar reduction in fuel consumption as a
result of improved engine efficiency.
“¢ Harder-edged, more sporting Bentley driving experience through enhanced chassis:
– Lowered ride height, uprated spring/damper settings and uprated anti-roll bars means improved
agility and body control.
– New levels of roadholding thanks to superior grip from unique 9.5Jx20-inch wheels with bespoke
Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.
– Improved steering response achieved through retuned speed-sensitive Servotronic system, solidmounted
front subframe and stiffer rear bushings.
“¢ “Dynamic” mode introduced on the uprated Bosch 8.1 ESP system with more progressive
intervention to cater for the more spirited driver.
“¢ Subtle styling modifications distinguish the Continental GT Speed from the Continental GT:
– Front grille and lower air intakes in dark-tinted chrome matrix.
– Wider rifled sports exhaust tail pipes.
– Mulliner Driving Specification interior includes drilled alloy sport foot-pedals, knurled
chrome/hide gearlever, Diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors and rear quarter panels.

Complementing the Continental GT Speed”s high performance is its unique chassis tune that delivers tauter
handling and improved agility, with new, wider 9.5Jx20-inch wheels and bespoke Pirelli performance tires as standard fitment. Fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes are available as an option. Subtle design touches, including a dark-tinted front grille and larger sports tailpipes, reinforce the sporting character of the Continental GT Speed.

“The Continental GT is a highly successful, modern-day Bentley icon,” said Bentley Chairman and Chief
Executive Dr. Franz Josef-Paefgen. “The new GT Speed model, with its harder-edged character and sportier
driving experience, builds on this success.”

The 2008 Continental GT Speed will be available from Bentley”s North American retail network beginning
from December 2007 at a manufacturer”s suggested retail price of $199,990.

 

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