29/05/2022

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New 2021 Bentley Continental GT Speed unveiled with 650bhp

Bentley has unveiled what it is calling the most dynamic street automobile in the British brand’s a hundred and one-year history, the third-technology Bentley Continental GT Velocity.

The new Velocity design sits at the prime of the Continental GT vary, including extra power and overall performance, as very well as expanding the GT’s managing probable, separating it from the rest of the line-up with Velocity-precise styling touches.

Like the rest of Bentley’s current and most latest Velocity-badged versions, this new Continental GT Velocity is run by a tuned variation of the firm’s six.-litre twin-turbocharged W12 motor, creating 650bhp and 900Nm of torque.

That sizeable output is sent to all 4 wheels via an 8-velocity dual-clutch automated gearbox with launch management, so despite the car’s no question chunky kerbweight (the conventional Continental GT W12 weighs 2,244kg), it’ll sprint from -60mph in just three.5 seconds and hit a prime velocity of 208mph.

Bentley says the gearbox’s shifts are 2 times as quick in Activity mode as opposed with the conventional W12 Continental, whilst the powertrain has been calibrated to make the most of the increased output, keeping on to gears for a longer time in Activity mode, and downshifting earlier.

An optional carbon-ceramic brake procedure has been introduced to be certain the Velocity stops as very well as it goes. The 10-piston entrance calipers are joined by 4-piston rear goods, whilst the carbon-ceramic substance for the discs allows shave 33kg of unsprung mass as opposed with a conventional steel brake established-up.

The automobile retains Bentley’s Variable Displacement procedure, which can shut down fifty percent of the engine’s 12 cylinders less than particular disorders to support make improvements to effectiveness. Even though presented the conventional Continental GT’s promises of twenty.8mpg and 308g/km of CO2, the even extra potent Velocity will however be considerably from affordable.

Bentley Continental GT Velocity: upgraded chassis systems

Bentley’s engineers have outfitted the Speed’s chassis with 4 new pieces of tech to have the excess power and make the automobile extra participating to travel. This contains an electronically managed limited-slip differential on the Speed’s rear axle for higher on-throttle adjustability, according to Bentley. It is the very first time the brand has applied an eLSD.

It is joined by an Digital All-Wheel Steering procedure to even further make improvements to agility. At small and medium speeds the rear wheels switch in the reverse course to the fronts, aiding boost agility. Its effects are extra distinguished in Activity mode, according to Bentley, the place all of the Speed’s new systems merge to produce “a degree of agility as opposed to any other Bentley street automobile.”

At greater speeds the rear wheels switch in the exact same course as the fronts to make improvements to security.

The car’s energetic all-wheel travel procedure has been recalibrated in all travel modes, which the brand says contributes to “a visible character change relative to the conventional Continental GT.”

Additional power is sent to the rear axle in Activity, whilst the various temperament has also been unveiled by an ESC procedure that makes it possible for a higher degree of flexibility for the driver right before intervening.

On prime of this, the Speed’s a few-chamber adaptive air suspension and the 48-volt energetic anti-roll tech – referred to as Bentley Dynamic Journey – has also been tuned to maximise cornering probable, but with no an affect to convenience.

Bentley Continental GT Velocity: practicality and design

Inspite of remaining the most able, overall performance-centered Bentley at any time, the Velocity is however a GT so requirements to produce convenience and refinement, as very well as practicality.

Grand Touring capacity comes courtesy of the 2+2 cabin and 235-litre boot, whilst a host of new styling areas and trim possibilities make their debut on the new Continental GT Velocity.

Exterior, the automobile sports a dark-tinted main radiator grille and decreased grille, there are chunkier aspect sills and ‘Speed’ badging on the entrance wings.

A new established of 22-inch ‘Speed’ design alloy wheels with the alternative of a dark tint or a black gloss complete element, much too.

Within, there is extra unique trim and badging for the flagship, with a great deal of probable for personalisation as very well.

There are fifteen main and 11 secondary colours for the leather, whilst the inside options a ‘duotone’ colour split in leather and Alcantara that is also used to the steering wheel.

The centre console can be concluded in a new ‘Dark Tint Engined Turned’ aluminium pattern, there is ‘Diamond in Diamond’ quilted leather as conventional within, moreover embroidered Velocity badging for the headrests and a badge on the car’s dash.

Piano black veneer is conventional, but of study course, as the vary topping Bentley Continental GT prospects can choose from a vary of various wooden veneer finishes to adjust the spec of the automobile within, as very well as including a great deal of other personalisation possibilities.

Bentley hasn’t however verified pricing, but presented the conventional W12 Continental GT’s £159,900 cost tag, and the step up in cost from other ‘regular’ Bentley versions to their Velocity-badged equivalents, the new Continental GT Velocity could cost extra than £180,000 when it goes on sale in the summer time.

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