||6.0 L W-12
paddle auto, AWD
Bentley continental GTC Speed is a more powerful version of
Bentley's GTC convertible
model. Not just a model upgrade, the GTC Speed is offered
alongside the standard GTC.
The Bentley Continental GTC Speed is identified by discreet
styling upgrades which underline its perfomance potential.
At the front, the radiator and lower air intake grilles feature
a darker tint as standard. The GTC Speed also features larger
diameter 20-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels with Bentley-bespoke
Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tires, lowered and uprated
suspension, wider twin-exit exhaust pipes and a new rear lip
spoiler that improves high speed aerodynamics.
Powering the Bentley Continental GTC Speed is a twin-turbocharged,
6.0 litre W12 engine which develops 600 horsepower, 9% more
than the standard GTC. Torque is also raised by 15% and stands
at 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) @ 1,700 - 5,600 rpm. With this powerplant
the GTC Speed is capable of hitting the magic 200 mph. The
sprint from 0-60 mph takes just 4.5 seconds. Not that it really
matters, but the GTC Speed's engine is visually differentiated
by the 'crackle black' finish to the intake manifold.
The six-speed transmission can be left in two fully automatic
modes (Drive and Sport) or used as a clutchless manual where
the driver can change gears sequentially, via either the gearlever
or paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
Both the Bentley GTC and GTC Speed also feature an advanced
electronic stability program (ESP 8.1). The 'Sport Traction'
mode for the GTC moderates ESP intervention at low speeds,
benefiting driver interaction and control, particularly on
low traction surfaces. The 'Dynamic Mode' of the GTC Speed
allows increased wheel slip at higher speeds compared to the
Brian Gush, Director, Chassis and Powertrain Engineering for
Bentley says of the GTC Speed, "The new GTC Speed
exemplifies our passion for creating cars that deliver exceptional
performance and driving enjoyment. It is a driver's car which
will redefine people's expectations of what a luxury convertible
The interiors of both GTC and GTC Speed are available with
a choice of 6 natural, unbleached, laser-cut wood veneers
and 17 premium grade leather hides, including a new option
for 2009, Aquamarine.
The GTC Speed's cabin is based on that of the Mulliner Driving
Specification (a cost option on the standard GTC). It features
diamond quilted hide seats with embroidered Bentley emblems,
knurled chrome and hide gearlever and a three-spoke multi-function
steering wheel with brushed aluminum switch surround. These
are complemented by drilled alloy foot-pedals and 'Speed'
logos to the polished treadplates. The standard GTC also receives
a new Bentley 'B' brake pedal.
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