2020 Bentley Continental GT Speed Spied Mixing Wheel Sets

With the all-new Continental GT under production, Bentley engineers now have time to develop and test newer variants of Crewe’s luxury grand tourer.

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.

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  • Nordschleife

    Whatever it is about this front end I cannot grow to like. I don’t know if it’s the grille, the headlights or how square it looks but I just don’t like it.

    • eb110americana

      The rest of the car is beautifully flowing and streamlined. But whenever I see the front end, I can’t help thinking it would look so much better with an Aston Martin-like grille. That rectangular fireplace they plopped in the middle might be classic Bentley, but it doesn’t fit anything else on the Continental GT.

      • Nordschleife

        Thank you my good man. I knew it couldn’t just be me who felt something is off about the front of this vehicle. Thank you for corroborating my thoughts.

    • TheBelltower

      The grille is awkward, especially considering how flowing the rest of the car is. What’s worse about Bentley grilles… they are bendy molded plastichrome, and not real woven metal like it’s supposed to resemble. It’s shocking how this main signature element of the car is the quality of disposable silverware.

  • DR.FUNK

    It’s a timeless design…that has been tweaked only slightly over the 15 year run.
    Good news if you want to buy a deeply depreciated (but still quite attractive) older model.

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