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Bentley marches full (GT) Speed ahead with new trim, more power

Bentley's fastest production vehicle ever keeps piling more on top.


The current Bentley Continental's second generation has soldiered on for five model years, but it's not quite ready to throw in the towel. Instead, Bentley's given its coupe -- its fastest variant, specifically -- a bit of an upgrade, as well as a whole new trim level.

The Bentley Continental GT Speed's update focuses on its beating heart, a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine. Output is bumped up to 633 horsepower and 619 pound-feet of torque, up from 626 hp and 604 pound-feet. That drops the 0-60 time to 3.9 seconds, when it was previously 4 flat.

Bentley did not update the GT Speed's interior or exterior kit to complement the newfound power, but the company is introducing a new GT Speed trim level, Black Edition.

Much as the name suggests, the new trim adds blacked-out trim, black wheels and contrast colors in a few places (rear diffuser, side skirts, front splitter). The interior features carbon-fiber trim pieces and contrasting-leather upholstery. It's a bit like Rolls-Royce's Black Badge treatment in that respect.

The current GT Speed starts at $239,400 or thereabouts, and while Bentley did not mention pricing, we'd bet dollars to donuts that uptick in power comes with a small uptick in price. The order books are open now, and deliveries begin this summer.