Bentley Continental GT Speed 2021 UK review – Autocar

The Speed coupé, however, will be popular here– due to the fact that it’s a driver’s automobile, and we like those in the UK. It has a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine in its nose, driving to all 4 wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, with adaptive dampers, air springs and a 48V roll-mitigation system. Where the latest Speed differs, and varies heavily, is in having active rear steer (for the very first time on a Continental), as well as an electronically managed limited-slip differential– also a Continental. Our drive in an early left-hand-drive vehicle is restricted to five laps of Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit with a Bentley engineer beside us.

What is it?

You can have one; that’s the crucial thing. Contrary to earlier reports, the brand-new Bentley Continental GT Speed will go on sale in the UK after all, unlike the Speed version of the Bentayga SUV.

That’s popular in Central America, probably among individuals who commission narco-submarines for their day tasks, however less so here. The Speed coupé, though, will be popular here– due to the fact that it’s a motorist’s car, and we like those in the UK. Yes, in spite of the 2273kg kerb weight, it is.

At heart, it’s a Continental— a car so popular it has actually been responsible for more than half of the 200,000 automobiles that Bentley has actually made in its entire history. It has a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine in its nose, driving to all four wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with adaptive dampers, air springs and a 48V roll-mitigation system. Far, so Continental.

Where the most recent Speed varies, and varies heavily, is in having active rear guide (for the very first time on a Continental), as well as an electronically managed limited-slip differential– also a Continental first. What’s more, there’s the choice of carbon-ceramic brake discs (fitted behind the 22in wheels of our test car), which, although not an initially, have the difference of being the greatest discs yet fitted to any production vehicle, at 440mm in size.

What’s it like? Our drive in an early left-hand-drive automobile is limited to five laps of Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit with a Bentley engineer beside us. There’s no chance to discover what the flight resembles on the road, then; we will have to wait till September for that. And although “this isn’t a track car; we’re not pretending it’s a Porsche 911 GT2 RS“, I wasn’t kidding when I told you that it’s a motorist’s automobile.

The Continental’s interior stays uber-plush despite the addition of Alcantara, two-tone trim and Speed badging, and its seats are still huge and cosseting, however the new hardware makes it move like never in the past.

The engine has actually been uprated to 650bhp and 664lb ft. It makes that peak torque from only 1500rpm and has a modest 6500rpm rev limitation, so it barely requires you to work it, but it responds well if you do.

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