It could be the most cultured Akrapovic exhaust available anywhere.
When thinking about cars best suited to a blaring exhaust note, a Ferrari or Mercedes-AMG springs to mind more readily than a Bentley. Then again, among the ultra-luxury echelon of automakers like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Maybach, it's Bentley that has tried harder to imbue its cars with a sense of connection to the driver. Perhaps that's why it's not shocking that a new titanium sports exhaust system from Akropovic is now available for the Bentley Continental GT Speed and GT Speed Convertible. The new exhaust system not only saves over 15 pounds but improves throttle response and creates a more distinctive burble.
On our recent trip to Sicily to drive the Continental GT Speed, we commented on the fact that even with the Akrapovic exhaust, the W12's soundtrack remains unintrusive at all times, yet with just enough of a rumble to remind you of the immense power underfoot. It certainly puts a smile on your face and makes you realize why Bentley has a major issue with the way EVs sound. Under the hood, the Speed boasts 650 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of twist from the 6.0-liter W12 engine.
This exhaust system was originally developed for the Pikes Peak Continental GT which set a production car record at the event. The Akrapovic setup improves throttle response by virtue of a lower system back pressure, thereby enhancing the performance of the turbocharger. Together with the titanium, the use of super-alloys contributes to the reduction in weight.
A dedicated electronic control unit can be used to vary the acoustics and regulate the exhaust gas flow. Bentley says that the exhaust system provides optimum flow and increases heat resistance.
Being a Bentley, it's no surprise that as much attention to detail has been given to the appearance of the new sports exhaust. The quad oval tailpipes have a matte titanium finish with subtle Bentley/Akrapovic branding. The exterior of the pipes has been sandblasted and coated for the perfect finish as well as to improve resistance to scratching.
The Akropovic exhaust system is available now at retailers. Unsurprisingly, Bentley has not provided pricing, but considering the carbon fiber wheels for the Bentayga cost $40k, we're sure this system will cost a pretty penny too.