2008 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley Motors has recently launched the new 2008 Continental as well as the Continental GT Speed. The GT coupes now pumps out 600 horses under its hood. Outfitted with the six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive from the Continental GT, the Speed version is said to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds on its way to a 202-mph top speed. According to the British automaker, the new Continental GT was inspired by the Bentley “Speed” models produced in the 1920s. Dr. Franz Josef-Paefgen, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive said: “The Continental GT is a highly successful, modern-day Bentley icon. The new GT Speed, with its harder-edged character and sportier driving experience, builds on this success.”.

Here are the features and specs of two 2008 Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Speed below.

Continental GT Speed

* The most powerful Bentley production car ever, its highly efficient W12 engine delivers 600bhp (610PS/449kW) and 553lb ft (750Nm)
* A nine percent increase in power and 15 percent increase in torque
* Top speed of 202mph (326km/h)
* 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5s)
* 0-100mph in 10.3 seconds (0-160km/h in 10.2s)
* Effortless overtaking performance: 50-70mph in just 2.3 seconds (80-120km/h in 3.0s).
* CO2 emissions reduced by 3.5 percent to 396 g/km, with a similar reduction in fuel consumption as a result of improved engine efficiency.
* Harder-edged, more sporting driving experience through enhanced chassis:
* Lowered ride height, uprated spring/damper settings and uprated anti-roll bars for improved agility and body control.
* New levels of roadholding thanks to superior grip from unique 9.5Jx20 wheels with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres.
* Improved steering response achieved through retuned speed-sensitive Servotronic system, solid-mounted front subframe and stiffer rear bushings.
* ‘Dynamic’ mode introduced on the uprated Bosch 8.1 ESP system with more progressive intervention to cater for the more spirited driver.
* Subtle styling modifications distinguish the Continental GT Speed from the Continental GT:
* Front grille and lower air intakes in dark-tinted chrome matrix
* Wider rifled sports exhaust tail pipes.
* Mulliner Driving Specification (also available as an option on the Continental GT) includes:
* Drilled alloy sport foot-pedals, knurled chrome/hide gearlever
* Diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors and rear quarter panels

Continental GT

* Power output of the standard W12 engine remains at 552bhp (560PS) but benefits from internal efficiency improvements for a reduction in CO2 emissions of 3.5 percent to 396 g/km, with a similar reduction in fuel consumption.
* Top speed is unchanged at 198mph (318km/h), with a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.8s).
* Improved ride comfort thanks to addition of new low-friction dampers.
* In combination with the all-wheel drive system, the uprated ESP 8.1 with new ‘Sport Traction’ mode ensures superb traction, without being intrusive
* Distinctive, classic Bentley ‘B’ brake pedal