2014 Bentley GT Speed W12 Easily Wins Fastest, Most-Sideways Award at Road America




How can an all-wheel-drive supercoupe be 'most sideways,' you ask?

The Conti GT Speed was giving demo rides with none other than Bentley Works GT3 driver Jamie Morrow at the helm. This polite and dapper gentleman turns into a car-hurling beast on the track -- with lurid Scandinavian flicks rocking the car off-balance and the huge, huge W12 Speed's engine power pulling around corners in a perma-drift heaven.

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It was absolutely magnificent. A man in a Breitling watch and an official Bentley pay stub can certainly push the car he knows so well to the limits -- better than a bunch of auto journalists.

We were so sideways, in fact, that GoPro filming was frowned upon!

But the memories of the big GT Speed being flung around like a Miata? They will stick with your author for life.

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Thanks Jamie, good luck out there in the new Bentley GT3 car!

2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed W12 - SPECS

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Bentley Motors Vehicle Specification
Continental GT Speed
Two-door, four-seat coupé Grand Tourer
ENGINE
Configuration6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Capacity5998 cc / 366 cu in
InductionTwo parallel turbochargers, direct intercooling
Power635 PS / 626 bhp / 467 kW @ 6000 rpm
Torque820 Nm / 607 lb.ft @ 2000 rpm
ConstructionAlu. alloy block, heads & pistons, forged steel crank & conrods
Bore x Stroke84 mm x 90.2 mm / 3.3" x 3.55"
Compression ratio9.0:1
Fuel deliveryPort injection
Valve Gear4x overhead camshafts with cam phasing, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel98 (95) RON gasoline to E10 (to E85 in North America)
Cylinder DeactivationNA
Other Notes15° V-angle per bank, 72° between banks.
Black intake manifolds - signature Speed styling cue
TRANSMISSION
ConfigurationAutomatic gearbox, torque converter, permanent all-wheel drive
Torque Split (front:rear)40:60 with ability to send max 85% to rear and max 65% to front
Gearbox SpecificationZF 8HP90 AL951 eight-speed automatic with block shifting
Gear ratios1st: 4.71, 2nd: 3.14, 3rd: 2.1, 4th: 1.67, 5th: 1.29, 6th: 1.00, 7th: 0.839, 8th: 0.667
Final Drive2.85
Shift TimeMechanical time 600ms, total time 800ms
Other NotesBlock shifting allows combined downshifts (e.g. 8th to 3rd)
BRAKES, ESP & CRUISE CONTROL
Brake Disc MaterialCast Iron or optional Carbon-Silicon-Carbide (CSiC)
Front405 mm ventilated iron / 420 mm cross-drilled CSiC
Rear335 mm ventilated iron / 356 mm cross-drilled CSiC
Calipers8-piston front,single-piston sliding rear, painted red as standard
AssistanceElectronic Brake-force Distribution, ABS, Hydraulic Brake Assistance, Aquaplane detection
ESPAs per Continental GT but with revised, more dynamic tune for GT Speed
Cruise controlCruise control as standard, optional Adaptive Cruise Control
Other NotesElectronic Park Brake with Drive-Away assist
EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Body Type and StyleSteel monocoque, super-formed aluminium front fenders, composite bootlid with integrated antennae. Front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in body colour.
HeadlightsAs per GT W12 but with dark tint finish as standard. Bright tint available as NCO.
Paint Colours17 standard, 87 further optional, bespoke paint on request
NotesDark tint matrix grilles. Rifled exhaust finishers. Speed treadplates.
AerodynamicsConcealed rear aerofoil with automatic deployment
GENERAL DATA
Length4806 mm / 189.2 in
Width across mirrors2227 mm / 87.7 in
Width across body1944 mm / 76.5 in
Height1394 mm / 54.9 in
Wheelbase2746 mm / 108.1 in
Front track1664 mm / 65.51 in (+41mm to BY614)
Rear track1655 mm / 5.16 in (+48 mm to BY614)
Front Legroom1049 mm / 41.3 in
Rear Legroom825 mm / 32.5 in
Front Headroom (max)1006 mm / 39.6 in
Rear Headroom928 mm / 36.5 in
Drag Coefficient0.31 Cd spoiler down, 0.33 Cd spoiler up
Kerb Weight2320 kg / 5115 lb (EU)
Gross Vehicle Weight2750 kg / 6063 lb
Weight distribution (FR:RR)58 : 42
PRICING
UK (inc. 20% VAT)£156,700
US (MSRP)$227,700
Europe (exc. tax)€ 177,800
Middle East (exc. duty & tax)$220,500
China (inc. taxes & duties)CNY 4,238,000
Russia (inc. 18% VAT)RUB 11,865,500
FUEL CONSUMPTION AND EMISSIONS
EU DRIVE CYCLE
Urban12.6 mpg / 22.4 litres/100 km
Extra Urban28.5 mpg / 9.9 litres/100 km
Combined19.5 mpg / 14.5 litres/100 km
Emissions ComplianceEU6
CO2 Emissions338 g/km (efficiency class G)
SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Front LayoutFour-link double wishbones, anti-roll bar. Stiffened bushes and ARB.
Rear LayoutTrapezoidal multi-link, anti-roll bar. Stiffened bushes and ARB.
Springs & DampersAs per Continental GT, but with 10mm ride height reduction and revised tune
Steering SystemRack and pinion, ZF speed-sensitive Servotronic power assitance (revised tune)
Turns Lock-to-Lock2.6
Steering Rack Ratio66.92 mm/rev
Turning Circle11.3 m / 37.1 feet
INFOTAINMENT AND ELECTRONICS
Driver InterfaceCentralised 8" touchscreen interface, dedicated HVAC panel
Sound SystemBalanced Mode Radiators (BMR), Dirac Dimensions DSP. 440W 8-speaker standard system, 900W 11-speaker Naim option, 6-disc CD changer, SD card reader, iPod connection, DVD playback
Navigation SystemDynamic route guidance, 7-digit postcodes, Google Maps imagery
Phone SystemOptional Bluetooth telephone connection with privacy handset
Onboard Storage30Gb onboard hard-drive
Other NotesElectronic tyre-pressure monitoring, Keyless entry & ignition, power boot, power door-latching, Park Distance Control, optional rear-view camera, optional TV tuner
INTERIOR SPECIFICATION
Seating14-way power-adjustable front seats. Heating, lumbar, nose extension & memory functions. Optional massage function
Interior FeaturesAs per GT W12, but Mulliner Driving Spec interior as standard. Drilled pedals, diamond quillting, knurled gear lever, optional embroidered emblems
Hide Colours17 standard. New unique "Speed" colour split.
Wood Veneers2 standard, 6 opt inc bright / unique dark tint engine-spin aluminium or carbon fibre
SafetyDriver & front passenger airbags, front/rear side & thorax airbags
WheelsUnique 9.5J x 21" dark tint standard, painted finish optional
Tyres275/35 ZR21
Boot Volume358 litres / 12.6 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity90 litres / 20 UK gallons / 24 US gallons
PERFORMANCE
0-60 mph4.0 secs
0-100 mph9.0 secs
0-100 km/h4.2 secs
0-160 km/h9.0 secs
Top Speed206 mph / 331 km/h

 

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