650 horsepower, 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and luxurious vibes inside-out sum up the most dynamic Bentley ever made

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Bentley has unveiled the 2022 Continental GT Speed and it is one heck of a screamer. The Speed features the Continental GT’s W-12 mill, but makes more power. The transmission, too, is tweaked to shift twice as quickly. These factors allow the Speed to be slightly quicker than the standard Continental GT. Apart from this, some external and internal changes make it look more aggressive and sharper. The automaker has termed it as the “most dynamic road car in Bentley’s 101-year history”, and from the looks of it, it’s hard to argue.

  • 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    W-12
  • Transmission:
    Eight-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    650
  • Torque @ RPM:
    664
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    208 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

2022 Bentley Continental GT Exterior

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When compared to the standard Continental GT, the GT Speed looks a little sharper and bolder. The biggest differentiating factor is the use of dark tint on the grille and the air intakes on the lower part of the bumper. The sport sills are more sculpted and also receive the dark tint finish. There is a ‘Speed’ badge on the front fender to set it apart from the standard Continental GT.

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Exterior
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The car rides on unique 22-inch Speed wheels finished in bright silver. You can have them in a black gloss- or a dark tint finish like the grille and air intakes. Apart from this, the GT Speed comes with ‘Jewel’ fuel and oil filler caps and illuminated Bentley treadplates. All-in-all, the GT Speed doesn’t look very different, but to a keen eye, there are enough elements and factors that distinguish it from the standard model.

As for the dimensions, the 2022 Continental GT Speed measures 190.9 inches in length, 86.1 inches in width, and 55.3 inches in height. It has a wheelbase of 112.2 inches and offers a cargo space of 12.6 cubic feet.

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed dimensions
Length 190.9 inches
Width 86.1 inches
Height 55.3 inches
Wheelbase 112.2 inches
Cargo space 12.6 cubic feet

2022 Bentley Continental GT Interior

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Interior
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On the inside, the Bentley Continental GT Speed is as plush and luxurious as you can expect it to be. There are handcrafted materials all around that come with unique trims and badging exclusive to the 2022 GT Speed. The seats come upholstered in dual-tone, handcrafted leather and Alcantara. The same is seen on the steering wheel, too. The signature diamond-quilting comes as standard along with ‘Speed’ embroidered on the headrests.

You can opt for the center console in a new dark tint engine-turned aluminum finish. The Continental GT Speed comes with Piano Black veneer as standard, but you can choose between Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut, and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus. Three open-pore veneers are available for extra moolah. As is with any high-end luxury car, the GT Speed can also be customized to your personal tastes and preferences. The automaker offers a choice of 15 primary colors of hide and 11 secondary for you to choose from. A Bentley is all about such choices, isn’t it?

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Interior
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On the tech front, the 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed features a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay. This display can be flipped over for a simple, analog setup with veneers in case you like minimalism. It’s what Bentley calls the rotating display and it made its debut on the standard Continental GT and the Flying Spur. There is also a 650-Watt, 10-speaker audio system offered as standard. Splurging extra moolah will get you a ‘Naim for Bentley’ sound system with two shakers and 18 speakers. Stuff like Active Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Night Vision, and a Head-Up Display come as standard.

2022 Bentley Continental GT Drivetrain

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Drivetrain
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The 2022 Continental GT Speed is powered by the same 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W-12 engine that’s present under the hood of its standard counterpart. It makes 650 horses, 24 more than the standard GT, and the same 664 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all the wheels via an updated dual-clutch, eight-speed automatic transmission. Bentley says that in the Sport mode, it upshifts twice as fast as the standard W-12 model. It takes 3.5 seconds to 60 mph from a standstill, making it 0.1 seconds quicker than the GT, and has a top speed of 208 mph. This is rather impressive for a car that weighs 5,029 pounds.

As is with most of the big engines, the GT Speed also comes with a start-stop technology that supposedly maximizes efficiency. There’s also Bentley’s Variable Displacement system that shuts down six cylinders and its Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection, and ignition, again, for efficiency purposes.

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Exterior
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The Continental GT Speed features an advanced chassis technology harnessed specifically for this model. It comes with a new electronic all-wheel steering system that makes the ride feel nimble at legal speeds. The rear tires turn in the opposite direction to make the ride feel sharper. At high speeds, however, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels to improve stability. Coupled with the electronic rear limited-slip differential, in what is a first for the Bentley, the GT Speed can carve corners and sprint in straight lines better than the standard GT. Bentley even goes on to say that the all-wheel-steering system is significantly more active on the GT Speed than it is on the Flying Spur.

The Bentley Continental GT Speed features a three-chamber active air suspension with adaptive damping. It also comes with a motorized 48-volt active anti-roll control system and anti-roll bar to prevent a body roll. The system can generate up to 959 pound-feet of resistance in just 0.3 seconds to counter the cornering forces and keep the body stable.

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Exterior
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As for the braking system, the third-gen GT-based Speed features a new Carbon Ceramic brake system. It is offered as optional and comes with Carbon Silicon Carbide discs that provide additional brake bite, a firm brake pedal feel, and stronger brake fade resistance. The system comes with 10-piston calipers at the front and four-piston at the rear. Thanks to the carbon-ceramic material, the system is almost 73 pounds lighter than the conventional setup.

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed specifications
Engine 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W-12
Horsepower 650 HP
Torque 664 LB-FT
Transmission dual-clutch, eight-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 208 mph
Weight 5,029 pounds

2022 Bentley Continental GT Pricing

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed Exterior
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The prices for the model are not out yet, but considering the 2022 Continental GT with a V-8 starts around $210,000, the GT Speed with the W-12 engine could cost you in the ballpark of $300,000.

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Bentley Motors today releases details of the new Continental GT Speed – the most dynamic road car in Bentley’s 101 year history and ultimate performance-focused interpretation of the world’s benchmark luxury Grand Tourer.

Designed, engineered, developed and handcrafted in Bentley’s carbon neutral luxury automotive factory, this new third-generation model builds on a long tradition of Speed variants. Originally introduced with the highly-acclaimed, first generation Continental GT Speed in 2007 – itself inspired by the 3-Litre Speed models of the 1920s. The latest GT Speed continues the bloodline by representing the ultimate combination of luxury and performance in a Grand Touring package.

Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board for Engineering at Bentley Motors, comments:

“The new Continental GT Speed represents the very pinnacle of performance grand touring. This new model is the most powerful expression of Continental GT values, exciting and dynamic, with unique Speed detailing to enhance the ownership experience and offering customers more control over the character of the car.

“The world’s most luxurious Grand Tourer is now truly more capable than ever before, with a new sportier edge which will appeal to performance-focused drivers. The Speed is the latest chapter in the Continental GT story, helping Bentley customers to create their own extraordinary journeys.”

New Chassis Technology – True Sporting Potential

The pinnacle performance Continental GT features advanced chassis technology harnessed specifically for the new model.

New Electronic All-Wheel Steering enhances the dynamic nature of the Speed in BENTLEY and COMFORT driving modes. However, this is even more apparent in SPORT mode, as the steering combines with Bentley Dynamic Ride and an electronic limited slip differential for a level of agility unlike any other Bentley road car.

At low and medium speeds, the GT Speed’s rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the front wheels to aid a rapid change of direction, noticeably increasing the feeling of nimbleness. The steering feels sharper and with a quicker ratio, and a commensurate increase in steering feel provides even more driver confidence. At high speeds, the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front, to improve stability. The system is significantly more active on the GT Speed than it is on the Flying Spur, where its primary purpose is a reduction in turning circle and enhanced high-speed stability.

Featuring Active All-Wheel drive, the traction control and torque distribution has been recalibrated in all driver modes to provide a noticeable character shift relative to the standard Continental GT.

Maintaining Bentley’s philosophy of the vehicle feeling progressive and secure, yet still be dynamic, this approach rewards drivers of all abilities. To achieve this philosophy in BENTLEY and COMFORT mode, overall grip is balanced between the front and rear wheels, in SPORT this mode has been calibrated with a more rear-biased torque–split in all driving scenarios.

For the first time in a Bentley, the latest generation of the Continental GT Speed introduces the use of an electronic rear differential (eLSD).

Specifically tuned hand-in-hand with the traction control and active chassis systems, the eLSD provides increased lateral capacity, improved longitudinal stability, enhanced on-throttle adjustability and delivers better traction in adverse road conditions.

In BENTLEY and COMFORT mode this provides improved traction, provides a greater level of confidence for the driver and makes the vehicle feel more stable at high speeds. In SPORT mode, the eLSD has been tuned to balance on and off throttle adjustability, improved turn-in response and increased straight-line performance. The combined benefit means the Continental GT Speed is now more adjustable and more driver-focussed than ever before without compromising comfort or stability.

Improved cornering dynamics and the extra grip provided by the new systems allows the driver to exit any corner with an increased level of precision and confidence. In turn, the vehicle is able to extract the maximum performance from the available traction to deliver stunning acceleration and composure from the apex. In SPORT mode, the traction management system sends a greater proportion of power to the rear axle to allow for even greater on-throttle control of cornering line.

Working alongside these systems are the key chassis technologies that deliver body control and ride comfort with no compromise to one another – namely Bentley’s three-chamber active air suspension with adaptive damping, and Bentley Dynamic Ride – the 48V active anti-roll control system that Bentley pioneered on the Bentayga and third-generation Continental GT. This innovative system features powerful electric motors within each anti-roll bar to resist body roll. In their firmest setting, the motors can deliver 1300 Nm in 0.3 secs to counteract cornering forces and keep the body level.

Meanwhile, depending on the mode, the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) System allows the driver to experience an even greater level of freedom before the Speed’s safety systems intervene to correct any anomalies. With the ESC engaged, the car provides reassuring stability over uneven surfaces, abnormal cambers or in inclement weather conditions. When switched to Dynamic mode, the ESC extends the freedom of the driver, allowing the experienced pilot to set and alter the cornering stance of the car at their discretion.

With the ESC switched off, the mechanical grip and inherent balance of the GT Speed comes to the fore, allowing a driver-focused experience previously only seen in Bentley’s racing machines. After utilising strong turn-in performance thanks to the All-Wheel Steering and eLSD, on track the driver can choose to balance throttle and steering to deliver effortless, progressive yaw angles.

To complement the extra capability of the chassis, a newly-engineered Carbon Ceramic brake system has been introduced as an option on the GT Speed. Carbon Silicon Carbide discs provide additional brake bite, with a strong, firm brake pedal feel and excellent brake fade resistance. Ten-piston front callipers and four-piston rears supply incredible braking force – needed when up to 10 MJ of energy are converted to heat in a full stop from top speed. The carbon ceramic material also saves over 33Kg of weight (all of it un-sprung mass) and produces extremely low levels of brake dust, helping to maintain the fresh look of the 22” unique Speed wheels.

Continental GT Speed – Thrilling Performance

The new GT Speed is the ultimate performance-focused expression of Bentley’s definitive Grand Tourer, yet maintains the luxury, comfort and usability of its siblings. It is equipped with an uprated version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine, delivering 659 PS (650 bhp) – a 4 per cent increase of 24 PS over the current W12 model – whilst maintaining an extraordinary 900 Nm (664 lb.ft) of torque. With exceptional handling, this results in a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h) and 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds), a reduction of 0.1 second.

Both engine and transmission have been deliberately calibrated to suit the car’s driver-focused credentials. This is most noticeable in SPORT mode, where the twin-turbocharged W12 has been tuned to keep the engine in the power band longer by up-shifting later, or downshifting earlier. This creates a more eager response to the driver’s throttle inputs.

The dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission shift is twice as fast in SPORT mode as in the standard W12 model, in keeping with the Speed’s ethos. This combines with a greater exhaust character during start-up and downshifts.

Not only does the Continental GT Speed offer impressive performance, to maximise efficiency the model benefits from Bentley’s Stop-Start technology where the engine rests not only when the vehicle is stationary, but also at near-to-stop speeds.

Bentley’s Variable Displacement system shuts down half of the engine’s 12 cylinders under certain conditions with the transitions between the two being imperceptible to the driver. Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection and ignition are all shut down on defined cylinders, with the engine running as a six-cylinder for improved fuel efficiency.

Exterior Detail – GT Speed’s Statement of Intent

The muscular bodywork of the Continental GT has been amplified still further on the GT Speed. Unique exterior detailing complements a powerful, athletic stance, blending seamlessly with the effortless elegance inherent to the Continental GT.

Speed models add a Dark Tint radiator grille and lower bumper grille, as well as unique, more sculpted sports sills, a Dark Tint radiator matrix and discreet Speed badging in chrome on the front fender.

Another signature feature of the most potent version of the Continental GT is unique, 22” Speed wheels in bright silver, with the option of a dark tint or black gloss finish. “Jewel” versions of the fuel and oil filler caps are standard, while illuminated Bentley treadplates to both sills are a nod to the Speed’s performance credentials.

A Unique and Luxurious Cabin

The cabin of the new Continental GT Speed showcases Bentley’s expertise in creating the world’s finest automotive interiors. Handcrafted materials blend with unique trim and badging that are only available in the Speed and can be further personalised if desired.

The Continental GT Speed’s credentials are further highlighted by a unique duotone colour split handcrafted in hide and matching Alcantara, which is also applied to the steering wheel. The exterior badging is matched with an elegant Speed icon on the passenger fascia.

The luxurious interior can be further personalised with a choice of 15 main and 11 secondary hide colours, as well as the use of leather in lieu of Alcantara for the Speed colour split. The centre console can be finished in new dark tint engine turned aluminium, bringing a geometrically perfect machined surface and a beautifully patterned finish.

Bentley’s Diamond in Diamond quilting is included as standard, and Speed embroidered headrests distinguish the cabin of the most potent Continental GT.

A range of veneers are available in GT Speed, starting with Piano Black veneer as standard. Customers can also choose Crown Cut Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus at no extra cost, with three open pore options (Dark Burr Walnut, Crown Cut Walnut and Koa) available as additional options.

As with all Continental GTs, the Speed offers four seats and exceptional grand touring luggage capacity of 358 litres. Packed with exquisite detail, a technologically advanced instrument panel and the acclaimed Bentley Rotating Display, the new driver-focused model widens the Continental GT’s performance credentials.

  • ENDS –

Notes to editors
Continental GT Speed is available to order in all markets, except mainland China, and is currently not available in EU27, UK, Switzerland, Israel, Ukraine, Norway, Turkey and Vietnam.

Bentley Motors is the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering, Mulliner and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur, and Bentayga. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

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