2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed drive review – Autoweek

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2013 Bentley Continental GT drive review

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What is it?

The Continental GT Speed is the fastest Bentley ever made, a top speed of 205 mph. How fast was the Bentley ever made? The Continental Supersports went

The 2007 Continental GT Speed 202. So we’re splitting to some degree but the hairs are all on fast heads. Granted, not likely to ever find a where you could actually go fast, but it’s nice to you could and to be able to throw out the 205 and the phrase #8220;fastest ever#8221; you’re talking about car.

The first Bentley Speed in 1923 as the Bentley 3.0-liter Model.#8221; That one used SU carburetors and higher compression on its engine to reach its performance Ninety years later, the Speed uses changes to the ME17 engine management to wring 49 more horsepower out of the W12, increasing boost 0.3 bar 1.65 in the standard W12 to 1.95 in the Thus, horsepower goes 567 to 616.

Torque peaks at 590 lb ft on a plateau from 2000 to rpm. To make the most out of all power Bentley stiffened the bars and bushings and set it down on Pirelli PZeros. There are optional carbon ceramic brakes to replace the standard discs.

Other differences distinguish it the GT, including ten-spoke 21-inch dark trim in the grille, leather seats and #8220;Speed#8221; on the door sills.

What’s it to drive?

The problem may not be driving it but a place to drive it to its full We went to Germany, where are still stretches of Autobahn don’t yet have speed on them and where the Germans pay attention when they (However, finding a stretch of with no speed limits and no one on it is increasingly difficult lately and when you do find one and put the throttle you are increasingly likely to be interrupted in a and dangerous way by drivers who purposely over into your just because they you’re going too fast. not like the old days where discipline was sacrosanct. Now speed is becoming politicized.)

Nonetheless, when a straight opened up on the A8 southeast of Munich we it. The most impressive thing piloting the GT Speed is that midsection of torque in the W12 from to 5000 rpm. Step on the gas and it all to attention, launching you and the Bentley space. The eight-speed ZF automatic block shifting to jump quickly from eighth directly down to whatever is appropriate.

So we gave it a go, as W.O. have said, but even so we get higher than 170 mph before appeared ahead and we slowed Therefore we can’t verify the 205

Off the line the Speed is also of its name, launching from to 60 in 4.0 seconds officially, though execs will say it can do even Power goes through awd 60 percent going to the rear The electronically controlled shocks, and throttle response can be tweaked performance with the touch of a console button marked that tightens everything up, everything from the steering to more responsive.

The air bag shocks the same ride height of 10 mm than the regular Continental GT.

We noticed any tire slip our drive but that could been the VW/Audi/Bentley awd system its job unobtrusively. However, on twisty, Alpine roads the Speed all of its 5115 pounds and nearly 16 It’s a gran tourer and not a car.

It’s made to feel as comfortable hauling in a straight as it is easing into a turn. But out of a turn it really shines, all 616 horses with glee. The way the rifled exhausts open up and is nice, too.

Do I want it?

Of you do. Unless you want the Aston Vanquish, Maserati Gran Ferrari FF or any number of other available to those who won’t about the $217,725 sticker There are a lot of great choices up in this end of the 2+2 market.

Of them, the Bentley might be the comfortable for everyday driving with an occasional throttle The others might be more to drive. Try them all.

You until the Speed’s November in showrooms to decide.

Fuel Efficiency: 13 city/20 combined

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