Bentley Continental GT Speed teased – new flagship W12 model

Bentley’s flagship Continental GT is about to reappear with more power and performance than ever before

Bentley has teased the next-generation Continental GT Speed, the range-topping coupe that will join the current Continental lineup. Like its predecessors, the new Speed is expected to utilise an uprated version of the standard Continental GT’s 6-litre W12 engine, with power to sit above its 626bhp.

The accompanying teaser image has revealed a little of what to expect visually when the new GT Speed will be shown in full next week, but we would also anticipate new wheels, likely 22-inch in diameter, and a set of splitters, skirts and sill extensions familiar from the current Mulliner Carbon styling pack to make up the bulk of its changes. 

There will also be a range of chassis tuning upgrades, all configured to make the Speed even more comfortable at high speeds than the already capable GT. While no specifics have been revealed as yet, Bentley has confirmed that new chassis technology will debut in this new model.

When it comes to chassis hardware, Bentley’s engineers have a big play chest to pick from given the car’s close relationship to the Porsche Panamera. Despite both models running on the top-level MSB platform, top-specification Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid models feature a few distinctive features that are still missing in the Continental. These include rear-wheel steering, a feature Bentley has already featured in the Flying Spur. 

As with the previous generation, we expect this Speed specification to spread to the Continental GT Convertible and four-door Flying Spur too. This group of cars are likely to be among the last twelve-cylinder flagships we see before Bentley embarks on its planned transition to widespread electrification later this decade.

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