Man does that 12-cylinder engine sound good.
Bentley is making bold claims about its new version of the Continental Speed GT. According to the British luxury carmaker, the new model will be the "most capable, performance-focused Bentley yet - with no compromise to comfort or luxury." The Continental GT is already a luxury powerhouse of a touring coupe, featuring either a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque or a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine generating 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. In the teaser video, Bentley leaves us under no illusion that the Speed version will feature anything but the monstrous 12-cylinder engine.
The W12 engine positively crackles and pops in the teaser video before we get a fly-by and learn the new car will debut on March 23. This will be the third-generation Continental GT Speed and, according to Bentley, its "most dynamic road car in its 101 year history." The debut will see Bentley talk about its new chassis technology and styling cues that look like they will include a new front fascia, more prominent side sills, and deleting all of the chrome. We also expect a dose of carbon-fiber as Bentley works to bring down the weight of the hefty coupe.
It's also fair to expect the 626-hp W12 engine to get a power upgrade, and we're expecting it to approach 700 hp and the torque to tread over the 700 lb-ft line. We don't expect the interior to be stripped down at all, though. The driver and passengers might find themselves looking at some carbon-fiber to remind them the Speed is the performance version of the Continental GT, but we expect them to be just as coveted and pampered in complete luxury. However, we are bracing ourselves for the price as the GT already starts at $202,500. Whatever the cost, though, it'll likely be worth it just to hear that crisp pop and crackle of the tuned-up W12 engine coming from behind.