These changes make a huge difference to the driving experience.
Bentley recently lifted the wraps off the new Continental GT Speed and Continental GT Speed Convertible. Both cars boast an uprated 6.0-liter-turbocharged W12 engine developing 650 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. In the Continental GT Speed coupe, this extra power enables the high-performance grand tourer to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and top out at 208 mph. But it's the improvements to the chassis that make the Continental GT Speed Bentley's best driver's car yet.
For extra stopping power, Bentley offers carbon-ceramic brakes with 17.3-inch diameter front discs and ten-piston front calipers. These are the biggest brakes ever fitted to a Bentley, as well as the largest discs in the car world.
Compared to the iron brakes, the new ceramic brake system is 72.7 pounds lighter, resulting in more responsive handling. There's also minimal brake fade. In ten tests at the Nurburgring at 80 mph, the stopping distance only increased by 43 inches.
Bentley's electronic stability control has also been tweaked. When switched off, it delivers a more driver-focused experience comparable to Bentley's race cars. An electronic all-wheel steering system also improves the car's agility, turning the rear wheels up to four degrees.
At high speeds, the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front for improved stability. As a result, the steering feels sharper. It also has a faster ratio.
For the first time in a Bentley, the Continental GT Speed features an electronic limited slip differential, providing improved traction in all driving modes and better high-speed stability. Torque distribution can also be adjusted in each driving mode. In Comfort mode, the system sends up to 36 percent of torque to the front axle and counters oversteer by applying up to 295 lb-ft to the front wheels. In sport mode, torque to the front axle is limited to 28 percent for a more dynamic driving experience.