Friday, 12 August 2022

Bentley go back to black with fastest ever model

IF your penchant is for powerful new-world 21st century Bentleys — my preference, as I have

IF your penchant is for powerful new-world 21st century Bentleys — my preference, as I have said before, is for Bentleys passim — then the car Bentley has unveiled this week could be the one for you.

Don’t worry about the price yet — it is anyway academic for most of us ordinary motoring mortals — but simply feast your eyes on the revised Continental GT Speed.

Bentley says of this car that it is once again “raising the bar even further in terms of exclusivity and performance”.

The fastest production Bentley ever, with a top speed of 206mph, is now promised to deliver more power and torque, with the new Black Edition model joining the Speed family.

Engineers at Bentley in Crewe have coaxed more power from the Continental’s huge 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine.

This GT Speed actually flies — its 0-60mph sprint time has dropped to just 3.9 seconds.

The Continental GT Speed Black Edition is available as both coupé and convertible body styles. The customers’ choice of body colour is complemented by a high gloss black finish to the exterior brightware, including the window openings and lamp bezels. All-black 21-inch five-spoke directional wheels cover distinctive brake calipers, which can be specified in red or black finishes.

The Black Edition also features contrast colours to the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in four different shades — Hallmark, Beluga, St James’s Red and a new shade, Cyber Yellow.

Customers can also choose to colour-match the door mirrors as a final exterior accent.

Inside, carbon fibre adorns the fascia, centre and roof consoles to create a dark opulent ambience 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, said: “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. Thirty Bentley engineers assemble the upgraded W12 engine applied to all Continental GT Speed models over 12 and a half hours. Meanwhile, the interiors are handcrafted in Bentley’s leather and trim workshop. Each hide is checked before being stitched, shaped and finished by hand.

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

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