Judging from these new spy shots, it looks like they are applying the final touches on the upcoming Continental GT Speed version. How do we know that? Well, the prototype features details that are typical of past Speed-badged models.
Those include the blacked-out chrome parts seen on previous Continental GT Speed Black Edition models (grille and light surround, window trim), as well as the two extra coolers placed behind the mesh in the front bumper. The only reason for them to be there is to provide additional cooling to a more powerful engine.
That’s something Continental GT Speed models have traditionally offered, and the new one will make no exception. While the only Conti GT model on sale now has 626 horsepower (635 PS) on tap from a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 gasoline engine, the Speed version is expected to boost that to around 650-670 hp.
It will also feature tweaks to the suspension, which will be stiffer and lower to allow for sharper handling. Furthermore, the wheels will be offered in a special design, possibly in a mixed arrangement — smaller and narrower rims at the front, larger and wider at the rear.
That’s likely the reason why the test prototype features different alloy wheel models on the front and rear axles. Expect the final production car to get a fixed rear wing as well. As with the previous-generation model, the Speed will be the range-topping Continental GT, and that will be obvious in the passenger compartment as well. Expect the finest of materials and many Speed-branded details.
The Bentley Continental GT Speed might debut next year as a 2020 model.