Power comes from an uprated version of the Continental’s 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine with a total of 616bhp – up from 567bhp. The new GT Speed accelerates from 0-60mph in four seconds, compared to 4.4 seconds for the standard car.
While the Continental GT gets a six-speed automatic gearbox, the Speed is upgraded with an eight-speed automatic transmission – the same box used in the V8-powered GT. Bentley claims that this improves emissions and fuel economy by 12 per cent.
Also uprated on the Speed are the steering and suspension, and the ride height is lower than on the standard car to improve handling and deliver slightly more focused driving dynamics.