The British marquee owned by Germany’s VW AG has presented the entire range of Continental GT after its recent facelift – but of the essence for us remains the unveiling of the Speed version during the Geneva motor show.
The updated Continental GT and Flying Spur family debuted during the 2015 edition of the Switzerland event and come with a new front bumper that combines with a smaller radiator grille. Also present are new, “more pronounced” fenders which have a new vent. Inside the cabin the range features a new steering wheel that has become “more ergonomic and sports-orientated,” equipped with bigger paddles. There are also new dials for the instrument cluster, new elements on the center console and a new storage compartment between the rear seats.
Naturally, the V8 and W12 engine variants have been carried over, though they do get some updates. The large 6.0-liter twin turbo W12 has been tweaked for more power and torque – soaring from 575 HP (423 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) to 590 HP (434 kW) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft). Fuel management has been updated too, boasting a 5% fuel economy improvement courtesy of the new variable displacement system that makes it run on just 6 cylinders.
For the Continental GT Speed the heart and soul remains the W12 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine that now delivers 626 bhp (467 kW) and 605 lb-ft (819 Nm). The coupe version will top out at 206 mph (331.5 km/h) and the convertible at 203 mph (326.7 km/h).