The greatest testament to the prestige and authenticity of the Bentley nameplate and the street cred of the Continental GT coupe isn’t the car’s stunning blend of performance and top-shelf luxury. Nor is it its remarkable success in carrying the legend of the “Bentley Boys” forward into the new millennium. No, what really sets the Continental GT apart from the average automobile is its ability to spawn themed limited editions and still be taken seriously.

Don’t get me wrong; the Continental GT is a fantastic car, especially in GT Speed trim. And I am fully in favor of broadening the range with new trim combinations. But the fact remains that at a certain point, paint-and-trim upgrades to a car begin to erode its ability to be taken seriously. The introduction of the Breitling Jet Team-inspired limited-edition Continental GT Speed could come off like a six-figure mullet, but Bentley’s Mulliner coachworks seems to have created yet another elegant variant without watering down the model range.

Introduced in 2003, the Continental GT has been among Bentley’s best-sellers, helping to bring the company back to profitability after the recession. The Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series is a seven-car limited-production run featuring unique paint and interior trim. One car will be produced for each of the seven aircraft on the team, and the special edition debuts alongside the Breitling Jet Team at the Boeing Seafair Airshow in Seattle on July 31.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series Limited Edition.

  • 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series Limited Edition
  • Year:
    2016
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  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    205 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    300000 (Est.)
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The Continental GT is a big slab of a car whose bulky appearance belies the athlete beneath. The car’s smooth sides have also aged well (the basic design dates to 2003) and take customization like a blank canvas. The frameless grille and large, round headlamps are arguably the modern face of Bentley, and the Continental GT seems to have been carved from a single piece of aluminum thanks to a flowing, organic design.

The Continental GT Speed features 21-inch wheels and a unique, air-managing rear fascia. The Breitling Jet Team Limited Edition cars are distinguished by a handsome Hallmark and Onyx two-tone that hugs and accentuates the car’s curves perfectly. The lower edges of the front splitter and side skirts are highlighted in a yellow Pantone-matched to that of the Breitling team jets.

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The black-on-yellow theme continues inside, where the diamond-patterned leather seats and twin-cockpit instrument panel are outlined in Breitling Yellow.

Soft semi-aniline leather and an Alcantara headliner are a part of the package, of course.

The Continental GT Speed’s watch-like gauge faces go well with the aeronautical theme. Soft semi-aniline leather and an Alcantara headliner are a part of the package, of course.

The folks at Mulliner are assembling one limited-edition car to correspond to each of the airplanes on the Breitling team, and artwork on the carbon-fiber dash fascia and the headrests showing the planes in formation highlights exactly which of the jets the individually numbered cars represents.

Additionally, this limited-edition offers something that no other can: the opportunity for a flight in the jet that corresponds to the car, courtesy of Bentley. Bentley has thought this theme all the way through!

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This is a big car and it’s designed for high-speed grand touring. The Continental GT Speed is motivated by a 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged W12.

Tweaks over the standard version raise output to 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

Tweaks over the standard version raise output to 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Bentley says the Continental GT Speed maxes out at 205 miles per hour, earning it the distinction of being the fastest road-going Bentley ever.

This also means that it’s able to match the takeoff speed of one of the L-39 Albatros jets that inspired it. The power is transferred to the road through all four wheels by a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Continental GT Speed is kept firmly in contact with the road by a double wishbone front suspension and a multilink rear. Active air springs are included at all four corners, to help smooth out this heavy car’s road manners. There are also some fairly monstrous brakes on hand to draw things to a halt if necessary.

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Exclusivity doesn’t come cheap. The Continental GT starts at $193,500 for the V8 and $209,600 for the W12. The GT Speed is a W12-only and steps up to $234,400. Convertible Continental GTs start at $212,500, bouncing to $257,600 for the Continental GT Speed. Pricing for the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series has not yet been set, but is likely to be in the neighborhood of $300,000.

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It’s unlikely that anyone is going to complain about there being more Continental GTs running around, and given Mulliner’s skill at augmenting Bentley’s already stunning vehicles, more special editions is always a good thing. The Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series is a unique limited edition that offers a bit more thematic exclusivity than similar short-production exotics, and doesn’t run the risk of watering down the brand.

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Press Release

Bentley is taking its fusion of luxury and performance to new extremes with the launch of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series. This exclusive series is limited to just seven cars, each inspired by one of the seven Breitling Jets.

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Renowned for their precision, speed and daring, this summer the Breitling Jet Team will be performing across the United States and Canada in a grand tour of epic proportions. To commemorate this spectacle, Bentley’s Mulliner division has re-imagined the Continental GT Speed to mirror the distinctive look of the Breitling Jets, fusing extreme customisation with immense speed.

The exterior is painted in a striking duo-tone split of Hallmark and Onyx with highlights colour matched to the exact Pantone of Breitling’s unique Yellow, reflecting the trademark look of the L-39 Albatros Jets.

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This bespoke colour theme is continued on the interior, with unique sculpted seats featuring accents in Breitling Yellow.

Taking customisation to new heights, each car is individually numbered and corresponds to one of the seven Breitling Jets. The dashboard’s carbon fibre fascia panel displays an image of the seven planes in their signature Avenger flight formation, with the corresponding jet highlighted in Breitling Yellow.

Similarly, Mulliner has matched the hide and thread to Breitling’s signature yellow and designed a series of logos and graphics for the headrests that highlight the number of each car and the jet that inspired it. The tread plate plaques are also individually numbered.

The series will debut at the Boeing Seafair Airshow on 31st July in Seattle, where the Breitling Jet Team is performing. The key for each car will be handed over to its owner by the corresponding plane’s pilot, but not until they have experienced a flight in the jet that inspired their car.

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Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner, said: “The Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series demonstrates the level of customisation Mulliner can achieve for customers. Creating this very special edition has been an exciting experience for the entire team, taking inspiration from the Breitling Jet Team’s grand tour.”

Mulliner – Rare by Design

Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. The specialist division’s Limited Editions reflect carefully chosen and inspirational themes. Individually these might have special significance for customers in specific markets, but what they all share is the highest standards of Mulliner craftsmanship – taking the concept of Bentley luxury and pushing it even further.

Mulliner Limited Editions are rare by design and, as a result, they all have the potential to become instant classics, desired by many but driven only by a fortunate few.

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More information about Mulliner can be found at www.bentleymotors.com.

Breitling Jet Team

The Breitling Jet Team, supported by the independent Swiss watch company Breitling, is the world’s largest professional civilian flight team performing in jets. The team is comprised of seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph and fly within just a few feet of each other.

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Widely recognized for their precision and seamless coordination displayed throughout high-speed aerobatic performances, the France-based team brings their unmatched flying to North America for the first time, mirroring the quality and precision of a Breitling timepiece.

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