And while we’ve known that the new Continental GT Speed is powered by a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine with 616-hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, the British automaker has kept most of its technical specifications a hush until now. The all-wheel drive performance flagship will have a top speed of 205-mph and deliveries will begin starting October 2012.
The powerplant is mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, allowing it to hit 0-60 in just 4 seconds flat. Compared to the standard Continental GT, the Speed variant has uprated springs, thicker sway bars and bushings, while ride height was lowered by 0.4 inches. Handling is further enhanced and refined thanks to a retune on the electronically-controlled damping and steering systems.
Similar to the rest of the new Continental range, the GT Speed will benefit from up to 12-percent improvement in fuel economy, range, and CO2 emissions. Half of those gains can be attributed to the new eight-speed ZF transmission. The GT Speed can also be ordered with the Mulliner Styling Specification package option, just like all other two-door Continental models.
Pricing on the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed was not announced, we expect it to come closer to its October release.