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2016-04-05 11:26

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GOES BLACK The Continental GT Speed Black Edition is the latest model to form part of the Continental range. Image: Newspress

Crewe, England - Bentley unveiled its revised Continental GT Speed and the new, striking Continental GT Speed Black Edition - the fastest production Bentley yet with a top speed of 331km/h.

Engineers at Bentley in Crewe, England, tuned the updated GT Speed's 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine to deliver 472kW (up from 467kW) and 840Nm (up from 820Nm). This model reaches 100km/h in 4.1 seconds.

Coming to SA?

Will the new model be available locally? Bentley South Africa says the revised GT Speed is available to order locally, albeit in limited numbers. Unfortunately, the beastly Black Edition will not make its way here.

The Continental GT Speed Black Edition is available in either coupe or convertible bodystyles. The customers’ choice of body colour is complimented by a high gloss black finish to the exterior brightware, including the window openings and lamp bezels. All-black 21” five-spoke alloys hide distinctive brake calipers, which can be specified in red or black finishes.

To add a further unique and striking twist, the Black Edition also features contrasting colours to the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in four different shades: Hallmark, Beluga, St James’ Red and a new shade, Cyber Yellow. Customers can also choose to colour-match the door mirrors as a final exterior accent.

Improved interior

Inside, the mix of dark tones and vivid highlights continues. Carbon fibre adorns the fascia, centre- and roof consoles to create a dark opulent ambiance, while a dedicated Black Edition colour split sees the seats and centre console bordered by contrasting leather. The latter is available in Porpoise, Beluga, Pillar Box Red or new Cyber Yellow to match the exterior styling accents. Corresponding contrast stitching accentuates the diamond quilting of the doors and Mulliner GT Design seats.

Paul Jones, product line director for the Continental GT, comments: “We have developed the GT Speed Black Edition to meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognisable styling cues. The Black Edition has a subtle but purposeful look that is backed up by exceptional performance.”

It takes 110 hours to handcraft each and every Continental GT at the Bentley factory in Crewe, Cheshire. The upgraded W12 engine, applied to all Continental GT Speed models, is entirely assembled by 30 dedicated Bentley colleagues over 12½ hours. Meanwhile, the sumptuous and technically complex unique interiors are handcrafted by the experts in Bentley’s Leather and Trim workshop. Each hide is carefully checked by hand and eye before being stitched, shaped and finished entirely by hand; rivaling the quality of the finest furniture and precise tolerances of jewellery and watch craftsmanship.

The new GT Speed and GT Speed Black Edition models are available to order now, with first customers receiving their deliveries this northern winter.


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