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.

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.

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

2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed W12 – SPECS

2014 Bentley GT Speed W12

Bentley Motors Vehicle Specification
Continental GT Speed
Two-door, four-seat coupé Grand Tourer
Configuration 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Capacity 5998 cc / 366 cu in
Induction Two parallel turbochargers, direct intercooling
Power 635 PS / 626 bhp / 467 kW @ 6000 rpm
Torque 820 Nm / 607 lb.ft @ 2000 rpm
Construction Alu. alloy block, heads & pistons, forged steel crank & conrods
Bore x Stroke 84 mm x 90.2 mm / 3.3″ x 3.55″
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Fuel delivery Port injection
Valve Gear 4x overhead camshafts with cam phasing, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel 98 (95) RON gasoline to E10 (to E85 in North America)
Cylinder Deactivation NA
Other Notes 15° V-angle per bank, 72° between banks.
Black intake manifolds – signature Speed styling cue
Configuration Automatic 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 Specification ZF 8HP90 AL951 eight-speed automatic with block shifting
Gear ratios 1st: 4.71, 2nd: 3.14, 3rd: 2.1, 4th: 1.67, 5th: 1.29, 6th: 1.00, 7th: 0.839, 8th: 0.667
Final Drive 2.85
Shift Time Mechanical time 600ms, total time 800ms
Other Notes Block shifting allows combined downshifts (e.g. 8th to 3rd)
Brake Disc Material Cast Iron or optional Carbon-Silicon-Carbide (CSiC)
Front 405 mm ventilated iron / 420 mm cross-drilled CSiC
Rear 335 mm ventilated iron / 356 mm cross-drilled CSiC
Calipers 8-piston front,single-piston sliding rear, painted red as standard
Assistance Electronic Brake-force Distribution, ABS, Hydraulic Brake Assistance, Aquaplane detection
ESP As per Continental GT but with revised, more dynamic tune for GT Speed
Cruise control Cruise control as standard, optional Adaptive Cruise Control
Other Notes Electronic Park Brake with Drive-Away assist
Body Type and Style Steel monocoque, super-formed aluminium front fenders, composite bootlid with integrated antennae. Front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in body colour.
Headlights As per GT W12 but with dark tint finish as standard. Bright tint available as NCO.
Paint Colours 17 standard, 87 further optional, bespoke paint on request
Notes Dark tint matrix grilles. Rifled exhaust finishers. Speed treadplates.
Aerodynamics Concealed rear aerofoil with automatic deployment
Length 4806 mm / 189.2 in
Width across mirrors 2227 mm / 87.7 in
Width across body 1944 mm / 76.5 in
Height 1394 mm / 54.9 in
Wheelbase 2746 mm / 108.1 in
Front track 1664 mm / 65.51 in (+41mm to BY614)
Rear track 1655 mm / 5.16 in (+48 mm to BY614)
Front Legroom 1049 mm / 41.3 in
Rear Legroom 825 mm / 32.5 in
Front Headroom (max) 1006 mm / 39.6 in
Rear Headroom 928 mm / 36.5 in
Drag Coefficient 0.31 Cd spoiler down, 0.33 Cd spoiler up
Kerb Weight 2320 kg / 5115 lb (EU)
Gross Vehicle Weight 2750 kg / 6063 lb
Weight distribution (FR:RR) 58 : 42
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
Urban 12.6 mpg / 22.4 litres/100 km
Extra Urban 28.5 mpg / 9.9 litres/100 km
Combined 19.5 mpg / 14.5 litres/100 km
Emissions Compliance EU6
CO2 Emissions 338 g/km (efficiency class G)
Front Layout Four-link double wishbones, anti-roll bar. Stiffened bushes and ARB.
Rear Layout Trapezoidal multi-link, anti-roll bar. Stiffened bushes and ARB.
Springs & Dampers As per Continental GT, but with 10mm ride height reduction and revised tune
Steering System Rack and pinion, ZF speed-sensitive Servotronic power assitance (revised tune)
Turns Lock-to-Lock 2.6
Steering Rack Ratio 66.92 mm/rev
Turning Circle 11.3 m / 37.1 feet
Driver Interface Centralised 8″ touchscreen interface, dedicated HVAC panel
Sound System Balanced 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 System Dynamic route guidance, 7-digit postcodes, Google Maps imagery
Phone System Optional Bluetooth telephone connection with privacy handset
Onboard Storage 30Gb onboard hard-drive
Other Notes Electronic tyre-pressure monitoring, Keyless entry & ignition, power boot, power door-latching, Park Distance Control, optional rear-view camera, optional TV tuner
Seating 14-way power-adjustable front seats. Heating, lumbar, nose extension & memory functions. Optional massage function
Interior Features As per GT W12, but Mulliner Driving Spec interior as standard. Drilled pedals, diamond quillting, knurled gear lever, optional embroidered emblems
Hide Colours 17 standard. New unique “Speed” colour split.
Wood Veneers 2 standard, 6 opt inc bright / unique dark tint engine-spin aluminium or carbon fibre
Safety Driver & front passenger airbags, front/rear side & thorax airbags
Wheels Unique 9.5J x 21″ dark tint standard, painted finish optional
Tyres 275/35 ZR21
Boot Volume 358 litres / 12.6 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 90 litres / 20 UK gallons / 24 US gallons
0-60 mph 4.0 secs
0-100 mph 9.0 secs
0-100 km/h 4.2 secs
0-160 km/h 9.0 secs
Top Speed 206 mph / 331 km/h


2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed W12 – Gallery – Road America

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