The company’s fastest and most powerful coupe just got faster, more powerful!

The Continental GT Speed is the flagship model for Bentley’s pavement devouring line of grand touring cars and it is based on the second-generation GT, launched in 2011. The current Speed version followed in 2012 and received an update for the 2015 model year, which brought mild improvements inside and out and an upgraded drivetrain. Te W-12 engine has been massaged, increasing power to 626 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of toque. Consequently, the top speed has been pushed to 206 mph. That makes this the fastest production Bentley ever.

All that power also comes with a revised exterior. The visual presence of the Bentley has never been lacking, but a large collection of subtle enhancements make the GT Speed look that much better. As everyone knows, red ones go faster, so thankfully the exterior changes to the new GT Speed include a new Candy Red paint color.

The fastest Bentley at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show and went on sale in the summer of the same year. How does it compare to the outgoing model and its Aston Martin- and Maserati-badged competitors?

Continue reading my review to find out more about that.

  • 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    W12
  • Transmission:
    ZF 8-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    626 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    607 @ 1700
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.0 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    206 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    9.0 sec.
  • car segment:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    9.2/10

Exterior

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The exterior of the GT Speed has always been bold, but the new design changes make the fastest Bentley look more elegant. The aggressive body kit is now painted. It might not seem that noticeable on the grey car we have pictured by the sharp contrast that was present on lighter colored cars was too boy-racer for a true Bentley.

The 21-inch alloy wheels, headlamps and taillights have been treated to a darker finish to round out the subtleties. Of course the new chrome “Speed” badge that has been slapped on the fenders and the red brake calipers are a step in the opposite direction.

2015 Bentley GT Speed - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 2746 mm / 108.1 in
Overall length 4806 mm / 189.2 in
Width (across body) 1944 mm / 76.5 in
Width (inc. mirrors) 2227 mm / 87.7 in
Overall height 1394 mm / 54.9 in

Interior

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The interior is fairly traditional Bentley. Acres of leather cover nearly every surface that isn’t metal or wood, and the seats are stitched in a quilted pattern. It is all very luxurious. GT Speed-exclusive touches include a dark monotone interior that features bright painted accents on the doors, console, gear lever, basically anywhere you would traditionally find wood. The Speed branding is stitched into the seats, and the front passenger gets the luxury of having a “subtle yet elegant” Speed badge plastered on the dash in front of them. I think it’s because they don’t have gauges, so Bentley wanted to give them something to look at.

The final new touch, and my favorite, is to have the diamond pattern stitching through the seats done in a contrasting color, rather than just having the contrast on the seat edges.

Drivetrain

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Powering the big Bentley GT Speed is the old standby W-12 that has been used since its introduction. Thanks to some fettling by the engineers the engine power has been pushed to 626 horsepower and 820 Nm (607 pound-feet) of torque. The transmission is the same ZF eight-speed automatic found across the Bentley range. As is expected with such things, the GT Speed is equipped with paddles on the steering wheel for manual control over the gear changes.

2015 Bentley GT Speed - Drivetrain Specifications

Type 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Max Power 635 PS / 626 bhp / 467 kW @ 6000 rpm
Max Torque 820 Nm / 607 lb.ft @ 1700 rpm
Transmission ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift
Top speed 206 mph / 331 km/h
0-60 mph 4.0 secs
0-100 mph 9.0 secs
City (US mpg) 13
Highway (US mpg) 20
Combined (US mpg) 15

Prices

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Pricing for the Continental GT Speed starts from $242,125, which makes it the most expensive Continental as of 2016.

Competitors

Aston Martin Vanquish

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In a class this expensive, there are not truly competitors. You buy what you want, and that is the end of it. With that in mind, if I were laying down cash I would go with the Aston Martin Vanquish. Both have 12 cylinders, both are filled with leather and both have legendary badges. That said, the Bentley is merely pretty while the Vanquish is achingly beautiful.

Find out more aobut the Aston Martin Vanquish here.

Maserati Gran Turismo

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If you want a little less power, but a lot more flamboyance to your supercar the Maserati Gran Turismo will oblige. It is prettier than the Bentley to my eyes, but far less elegant. It is a bit to showy for most Bentley drivers, but the sonorous V8 engine can do much to woo many potential buyers. The size is also smaller, but few Bentley owners will use the extra space in the back of their GT Speed.

Read more about the Maserati GranTurismo here.

Conclusion

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The Continental GT Speed is one of the ultimate expressions of speed and luxury from Bentley. It is a Grand Tourer in the truest sense of the world. Thanks to the revised exterior that features a more elegant integration of its go faster bits, the Speed is better looking and more restrained than any previous version. The W-12 is amazing, but Bentley still needs to move its power higher up to make this a better choice than the amazing V8 model.

  • Leave it
    • Very expensive
    • Lighter V8 model might be better choice

Press Release

Bentley announces a suite of luxury options and specification updates to its Continental family of luxury Grand Tourers, led by enhancements to the styling, power, torque and performance of the pinnacle Continental GT Speed. Meanwhile, the new Flying Spur luxury sedan is now available with Bentley’s powerful yet efficient 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine, introducing the appeal of this luxury sedan to a wider premium audience. These new models will be unveiled as part of Bentley’s presence at the Geneva Motor Show from 4th March 2014.

Enhanced power and style for Continental GT Speed

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The capabilities of Bentley’s flagship Grand Tourer, the Continental GT Speed are cemented further in 2014 with enhancements to its supercar performance and unrivalled refinement.

Bentley’s iconic 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine has been pushed even further, now developing 635 PS (626 bhp / 467 kW) and a record 820 Nm of torque. The new Bentley GT Speed coupe reaches a top speed of 206 mph (331 km/h) – the fastest production Bentley ever – while the revised convertible can reach 203 mph (327 km/h). With its Speed chassis setup of a lowered and stiffened suspension, the most powerful car in the Continental family offers the most high performance and luxurious Grand Touring experience.

The extra dynamic performance of the Continental flagship model is complemented by a more distinctive visual presence. The sharp front splitter, discrete side skirts and elegant rear diffuser are finished to match the exterior paint colour for the first time. The new GT Speed is given a more signature look through the use of a dark tint finish applied to the 21” Speed wheel design, headlamps and tail lamps. The exterior modifications are completed with red-painted brake callipers and a stylish chrome “Speed” badge fitted to the front fenders, while a new signature Speed paint colour of Candy Red is now available.

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The visual changes continue inside the cabin of the GT Speed, starting with a completely new colour split reserved exclusively for the Speed models. Starting with a dark monotone interior, accent stripes in a contrasting colour are applied across the doors, rear panels, fascia wings, inner console and gear lever. Matching contrasting stitching is then sewn to various aspects of the cabin, with a new cost option to continue contrast stitching through the diamond quilting of the seats and doors. Speed branding is also sewn to the front and rear headrests, while a subtle yet elegant chrome “Speed” badge adorns the passenger side
fascia panel.

2014 enhances luxury in the Continental family

Alongside the launch of the new Speed models, 2014 also brings enhancements across the entire Continental family. While options are still offered on an individual basis, seven distinct packages are now available:

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Premier Specification: enhances the cabin of the Continental with additional technology and comfort. It includes massaging and ventilated seats, the Naim for Bentley premium audio system, a rear view camera, twin front arm rests and a valet key.
Interior Style Specification: combines the very best of Bentley hand‑craftsmanship for the ultimate tailored cabin. Includes contrast stitching to the entire cabin, whilst deep pile overmats are included and feature contrasting leather binding. Including the optional cross‑stitching element brings unparalleled attention to detail, with 37 hours of additional crafting and over 600 metres of thread.
GT Classic Specification: Available for GT W12 model and enhancing traditional styling cues, including bright chrome front matrix grilles, veneered door and rear quarter panels, boot carpet matched to the interior and the hand-crafted stowage case complimenting the centre console finish.
All-Seasons Specification: makes the Continental Convertible models even more comfortable when driving roof-down in cooler temperatures. It includes the in-seat neck warmers, removable wind deflector and a heated steering wheel.
Mulliner Driving Specification: available on all Continental models, this package brings a sporting set of features to the specification, including diamond quilting to seats and doors, a knurled gear lever, drilled alloy foot pedals and the “Jewel” fuel and oil filler caps.
GT V8 S Sport Specification: includes Carbon-Ceramic brakes with red-painted callipers, a Sports exhaust and carbon fibre fascia panels.
Classic Mulliner Styling Specification: Available for GT W12 and GT Speed models, this accentuates the elegant shape of the Continental with a front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser all in carbon fibre.

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Deliveries of the new Continental family models commence in the summer.

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