The rumors were true: Bentley will be debuting the car you see here, the 2013 Continental GT Speed, at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. And while it doesn't look all that different (if at all) from a standard Conti GT, the changes under the hood are what sets this big coupe apart from its kin. Take notice: With a top speed of 205 miles per hour, this is the fastest production car that Bentley has ever produced.

That outrageous top end comes courtesy of some extra grunt from the twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine. Overall output has been increased by 49 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque, meaning there's a whopping 616 hp and 590 lb-ft on tap. A new close-ratio, eight-speed automatic transmission has been employed to manage all that power (which is still sent to all four wheels), and all in, the Continental GT Speed will sprint to 60 miles per hour in four seconds flat.

For the GT Speed, Bentley has modified the chassis and steering setups, and the car's overall ride height has been lowered. Furthermore, the faster Conti rides on unique 21-inch wheels wrapped in sticky 275/35R21 Pirelli PZero tires. Inside, Bentley offers the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard equipment as well as "a number of signature Speed design cues that combine contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character." Sounds nice.

Orders for the 2013 GT Speed are being taken as you read this, with the first cars being delivered in October this year. Scroll down for the official press release, and stay tuned for the car's official unveiling at Goodwood, where drivers Juha Kankunnen, Guy Smith and Derek Bell will drive a pre-production version up the infamous hill twice a day.
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- International debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012
- 616hp, 590 lb-ft of torque (625PS, 800 Nm) and capable of 205mph (329km/h)
- Lowered, uprated suspension for a sportier stance and harder-edged, agile Bentley driving experience
- Signature Speed design cues and Mulliner Driving Specification cabin
- New close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission

(Crewe, England. 20 June 2012). Bentley is introducing a new performance flagship, its fastest production model ever, the Continental GT Speed coupe. The new 205 mph (329km/h) GT Speed will appeal to driving enthusiasts who place a high value on outright performance, agile handling, distinctive design and sporting luxury. Orders for the new GT Speed are being taken now, with deliveries to commence in October 2012.

At the heart of the new Continental GT Speed is an uprated version of the unique Bentley 6-litre, 48-valve, four-cam, twin turbocharged W12 engine. For the new model, the legendary Bentley W12 develops 625 PS (616 bhp/460 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque to deliver thunderous, supercar performance with effortless overtaking capability. The 0-60 mph sprint is dispatched in a mere 4.0 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.2s) and on to a top speed of 205 mph (329 km/h).

The new Speed's immense power is transmitted via a close-ratio, ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. This state-of-the-art transmission delivers quick yet imperceptible gear changes through intelligent adaptive control software to ensure the perfect combination of speed and refinement. The new gearbox also makes a significant contribution to an overall twelve per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Channelling the extreme performance of the GT Speed is a unique chassis tune that includes uprated steering and suspension systems and a lowered ride height. The enhanced chassis is complemented by unique 21-inch Speed wheels, available in two lustrous finishes, and fitted with 275 35 R21 Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tyres. The result is a sportier and more engaging Bentley driving experience with tauter handling and improved agility.

Commenting on the new GT Speed, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley's Chairman and Chief Executive says:

"For nearly a decade, the Bentley Continental GT has defined high luxury, high performance grand touring and the unique W-12 engine has been so successful that Bentley is now the world's largest producer of 12-cylinder engines. The new GT Speed, with its harder-edged, sportier character, reaffirms this pinnacle positioning and continues to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Continental coupe."

The muscular, elegantly sculpted coachwork of the Continental coupe is subtly enhanced with design touches which reinforce the sporting character of the new model. Most notable are the dark-tinted matrix front grille and lower air intakes and the 'rifled' finish to the exhaust tailpipes.

The new GT Speed delivers supreme levels of performance with no compromise in comfort, refinement, craftsmanship and quality. Using only the finest natural materials, the hand-crafted cabin of the GT Speed features the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard as well as a number of signature Speed design cues that combine contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character.

Standard fitment on all Continental models, the permanent all-wheel drive system, employing a central Torsen differential, harnesses the prodigious power and torque of the new GT Speed and ensures huge levels of grip and stability whatever the road or weather conditions.

Ahead of deliveries this autumn, the GT Speed makes its international debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed from 29th June until 1st July. Modern-day Bentley Boys Juha Kankunnen, Guy Smith and Derek Bell will pilot a pre-production GT Speed up the Goodwood Hill twice a day.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Reli Dtm
      • 2 Years Ago
      what color is that? I went to the configuration on the Bentley site and there is about 20+ shades of blue?
      Filip Borin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugliest car after Fiat Multipla. I hate german propaganda vw shitboxes and new german Bentley Continental.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Filip Borin
        And i hate trolls. So get the hell out.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Filip Borin
        The only ugly thing i see is your ugly name next to your ugly comment.Ugly troll
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Filip Borin
        Can you imagine if they offered a Bentley diesel station wagon with a manual trans? The autoblotgosphere would crap themselves in happiness. Of course Bentley would go out of business however.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Filip Borin
        Waaaa...You like to bitch about incredible cars because you can't afford them so you spew your hate on them. It's all the rich peoples fault right? F#$%ing commi....go back to your Eastern block former Soviet country and drive your precious Lada you freak. PS - I hope you get some kind of horrible venerial disease from the slew of filthy prostitutes that inhabit your "country".
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks Bentley designs look mad dated?
        • 2 Years Ago
        Bentley buyers are Traditionalists. Prefer something more avant-garde? That's what Lamborghini is for.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nope...I thought this for quite a while. The Continential GT and Mulsanne look good, but dated for sure. I like Bentley should take a look at what Jaguar did and revamp their style into this era.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bonfire of the Vanities
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aston's Vanquish needs to have more than 600bhp to compete with this.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Who cares? The Aston is naturally aspirated and sounds a million times better than the turbo W12. The Aston is also likely to get a manual gearbox as well, which, along with rear wheel drive, makes it more fun.
          • 2 Years Ago
          I correct myself. EVO says that there will be no manual option. That kills any desire I would have for the car.
      Lisa M. Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait to get behind the wheel of this at Pebble Beach in August!
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rather pathetic output compared to the lowly Ford SVT 5.8.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never understood why there is a Speed version of this car. My friend has a "regular" Continental GT and that is ridiculously fast and powerful as it is, way more power than you really need. Good way of getting some extra cash out of buyer's pockets I guess.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quality interior but I feel the engine is lacking based on weight of vehicle.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Soon to be seen commuting between the Loop and Lake county.
      • 2 Years Ago
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