Blacked-out chrome, flashy highlights, carbon-fiber trim

In March 2016, Bentley launched the Continental GT Black Speed special edition for the Australian market. Essentially a follow-up for the GT Concours, which features blacked-out chrome, the Black Speed was created with help from the bespoke Mulliner division and features a black exterior with red highlights inspired by the "Monster By Mulliner" concept revealed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Only a few weeks have passed since the Black Speed was announced and Bentley has launched yet another special-edition using the "Black" moniker, this time based on the range-topping GT Speed.

Unlike the Australian-only version, the GT Speed Black Edition is available for both European and U.S. customers, can be had in both coupe and convertible body styles, and in more than just one exterior color. More importantly, it features the drivetrain update the standard GT Speed just received for the 2017 model year, consisting of extra horsepower and torque, and a quicker 0-to-60 mph sprint.

Bentley says that the Black Edition was developed to "meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognizable styling cues." In other words, the Black Edition offers the stout performance of the GT Speed, but the subtle looks that other Bentleys, known for their hefty amount of chrome, can’t deliver.

Deliveries for the GT Speed Black Edition begin in the summer of 2016 in both Europe and the United States.

Updated 05/26/2016: Bentley Motors unveiled the new GT Speed and GT Speed Black Edition this week during an exclusive event in New York City. With the occasion the company released prices for both coupe and convertible versions.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition.

  • 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    W-12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    633
  • Torque @ RPM:
    620
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    206 mph
  • Price:
    253235 (Est.)
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What makes the Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition special

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As the name suggests, the Black Edition features high-gloss black exterior highlights instead of the usual chrome trim. Up front, blacked-out components include the main grille, all meshes of the three-piece bumper grille layout, and headlamps bezels. On the side, the window trim, the lower chrome strip, and the mirror caps are also finished in black. Around back, the taillight bezels and the bumper insert received identical treatment. In addition, Bentley also offers contrasting colors for the front splitter, side skirts, and the rear diffuser. Usually finished in the same color as the body, these elements can now be had in Hallmark (metallic gray), Beluga (black), St. James’ Red, and Cyber Yellow, which is a brand new color.

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As seen in the photos, the latter features will enable buyers to customize the appearance of their GT Speeds in many ways. Beluga, for instance, will match the blacked-out exterior details and give the model a sportier appearance. St. James’ Red and Cyber yellow, on the other hand, will give the car a flashier appearance, especially if combined with darker colors. This option reminds me of the special-edition Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT and its yellow and red grille, roof, and mirror accents for green, white, and blue exteriors. Sure, Bentley’s idea is far from original, but the available color combinations are pretty cool.

All exterior colors come with all-black, 21-inch, five-spoke wheels and bespoke brake calipers in red or black.

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The combination of dark tones and bright highlights continues inside the cabin with the seats and center console bordered by contrasting leather in Porpoise (gray), Beluga, Pillar Box Red or the new Cyber Yellow. Using these options, buyers can create a vivid upholstery that matches the side skirts and the exterior mirrors. Using Pillar Box Red and Cyber Yellow will definitely result in an unique interior scheme, especially if combined with a dark upholstery color. Granted, the yellow might be a bit too flashy for some, but its a rare feature in this segment.

Every model is sold with Mulliner GT Design seats with diamond quilting and "Speed" lettering on the headrests. Both the seats and the door panels, which also feature diamond quilting, are highlighted by contrast stitching. For an extra dash of sportiness, the dashboard, center stack, center console, and roof console feature carbon-fiber instead of the more traditional wood inserts.

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Under the hood, the Black Edition features the same turbocharged, 6.0-liter W-12 as the regular GT Speed. However, the special edition model gained the same drivetrain update as the standard two-door, consisting of revised internals that add an extra seven horsepower and 13 pound-feet of torque. The new output is now rated at 633 horses and 620 pound-feet, while a reoptimized boost controller allows the powerplant to deliver maximum torque between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. The most significant benefit from this is a the 3.9-second sprint to 60 mph, which is a tenth-second quicker than the previous GT Speed.

The Continental GT Speed Black Edition retails from $253,235 in the United States. For that sticker you’ll get the coupe version before options. If you want the benefits of a drop-top, you’ll have to pay $277,235 for the Convertible model.

Model Price
GT Speed Black Edition $253,235
GT Speed Black Edition Convertible $277,235

Bentley Continental GT Speed

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The second-generation GT Speed was launched in 2012, one year after Bentley had introduced the redesigned coupe. Originally powered by a 6.0-liter W-12 rated at 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the GT Speed gained an extra 10 horses and 17 pound-feet of twist in 2014, hitting the road since then with 626 horsepower and 607 pound-feet at its disposal. With the 2017 update, the GT Speed is 17-horsepower and 30-pound-feet more powerful than it was six years ago, a decent improvement for a nameplate that doesn’t see many upgrades throughout its generational cycle.

Read our full review of the Bentley Continental GT Speed here.

Press Release

Bentley unveils today the revised Continental GT Speed, raising the bar even further in terms of exclusivity and performance. The fastest production Bentley ever, with a top speed of 206 mph (331 km/h), now delivers even more power and torque, and a striking new Black Edition model joins the Speed family.

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Engineers at Bentley in Crewe have developed even more muscle from the Continental’s iconic 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine. The GT Speed now produces 642 PS - up from 635 PS - and 20 Nm of extra torque, bringing its total to a forceful 840 Nm. This additional torque is applied through the entire rev range via careful reoptimisation of boost control, raising the Grand Tourer’s renowned “torque plateau” of continuous maximum torque delivery from 2,000-5,000 rpm, and bringing even greater acceleration performance. As a result, the 0-60 mph sprint time has dropped to just 3.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.1 secs).

Bentley is also introducing the Continental GT Speed Black Edition which celebrates the rich and striking depth of the GT’s sporting character. Available as both coupe and convertible bodystyles, the customers’ choice of body colour is complimented by a high gloss black finish to the exterior brightware, including the window openings and lamp bezels. All-black 21” five-spoke directional wheels cover distinctive brake calipers, which can be specified in red or black finishes.

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To add a further unique and striking twist, the Black Edition also features contrast colours to the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in four different shades: Hallmark, Beluga, St James’ Red and a new shade, Cyber Yellow. Customers can also choose to colour-match the door mirrors as a final exterior accent.

Inside, the mix of dark tones and vivid highlights continues. Carbon fibre adorns the fascia, centre and roof consoles to create a dark opulent ambiance while a dedicated Black Edition colour split sees the seats and centre console bordered by contrasting leather, available in Porpoise, Beluga, Pillar Box Red or new Cyber Yellow to match the exterior styling accents. Corresponding contrast stitching accentuates the diamond quilting of the doors and Mulliner GT Design seats.

Paul Jones, Product Line Director for Continental GT, comments: “We have developed the GT Speed Black Edition to meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognisable styling cues. The Black Edition has a subtle but purposeful look that is backed up by exceptional performance.”

It takes 110 hours to handcraft each and every Continental GT at the Bentley factory in Crewe, Cheshire. The upgraded W12 engine applied to all Continental GT Speed models is entirely assembled by 30 dedicated Bentley colleagues over 12½ hours. Meanwhile, the sumptuous and technically complex unique interiors are handcrafted by the experts in Bentley’s Leather and Trim workshop. Each hide is carefully checked by hand and eye before being stitched, shaped and finished entirely by hand, rivalling the quality of the finest furniture and precise tolerances of jewellery and watch craftsmanship.

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The new GT Speed and GT Speed Black Edition models are available to order now, with customer deliveries this summer.

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