The British ultra-luxury marquee has kind of rekindled its motorsport-oriented heritage with the Continental GT Speed, which has been labeled as their fastest model at an official maximum speed of 206 mph (331 km/h).
This is naturally only the fastest production-ready vehicle Bentley has ever conceived and the flagship model of the Continental line achieves the impressive feat even as its goodies come packed in a hefty 2, 320 kg (5,115 lbs) assembly. The Crewe-based company wanted to make sure no detractor would dare to question their range-topping model’s capabilities and after almost a year on the market the Continental GT Speed has decided to show – in a controlled environment – it can live up to its claims. The British crew has gone down under to Australia and hit the Stuart Highway with assistance from John Bowe, a six-time Australian touring car and two-time Bathurst 1,000 champion – his achievement was confirmed by a Motec GPS speedometer.
The impressive achievement is possible thanks to the massive W12 6.0-liter twin-turbo mill churning out an impressive 635 PS (467 kW) and 820 Nm (607 lb-ft) of torque. Bentley also delivered some “fun facts” registered during the attempts: 0 to 206 mph was done in 76 seconds and at the maximum speed the GT Speed was eating 92 meters per second while 80 percent of the whopping power was actually used to counter the aerodynamic loads – for example the radiator alone ate up 4,700 liters of air per second. Additionally, 216 liters of coolant were doing the rounds through the radiator and engine every minute while driving flat out.