2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Preview

Pros: Available as a coupe or convertible, the aptly named 2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed is even more powerful and faster than the “base” model. It’s a stunning 2-door automobile that’s capable of fast lap times, but it’s a real-world supercar, not a track special. Its hand-crafted interior, which can be trimmed in a seemingly endless variety of materials, provides supreme comfort over long distances.

Cons: This car’s expensive, even by luxury standards. Its sheer size requires care when driving in tight spots. At the same time, rear-seat access and room is somewhat limited. Of course, the W12 engine will suck your wallet dry at the pumps.

Bentley Continental GT Speed

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2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Price: Detailed pricing is unavailable, though it costs in excess of $260,000. Contact your local dealer.

2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Fuel Economy: The official ratings for the Continental GT Speed are 18.1L/100km in the city and 10.4L/100km on the highway. In the real world, though, you can expect to burn a bit more than that.

Improvements and Changes: For 2014, the Speed edition is available as a convertible, too. Options and packages have been revised.

2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Powertrain: Outfitted with Bentley’s 6.0L twin-turbocharged W12 powerhouse, the Continental GT Speed generates a whopping 626 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, which translates into a top speed of 331 km/h and a 0-100km/h dash in 4.2 seconds — astonishing feats for a car that weighs nearly three tons. As with all Continental models, the state-of-the-art all-wheel drive system employs an advanced Torsen differential and a 40/60 rear-biased torque split.

Don’t miss: The sports chassis and lowered suspension accentuate the glued-to-the-road sensation during high-speed cornering. And while nothing compares with the sound of a Bentley engine in full cry, the GT Speed’s exclusive Naim for Bentley premium audio system (optional) is definitely worth listening to.

Safety: The 2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed comes standard with a full suite of airbags and electronic nannies including front, side, and curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. Convertibles are fitted with automatic pop-up roll bars for added rollover protection.

Comparing the 2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed: Rivals include the Aston Martin Vanquish, Ferrari FF, Porsche 911 Turbo, Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG, and Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe.

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