Bentley Continental GTC Speed 

  • built in England
  • 2009
  • 602 HP 6.0L
  • 200 mph
 
That brake pedal could connect to optional carbon-ceramic brakes, which, Bentley says are the most powerful brakes ever fitted on a production car.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2009)
Unlike most special editions, the GTC Speed is actually expected to make up as much as two-thirds of total GTC production in its first year of production.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2009)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Bentley Continental GTC Speed

0-60mph

Continental GTC Speed
4.5 s

Top speed

Continental GTC Speed
200 mph
California T
196 mph

Data points Key details of the Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Horsepower

Continental GTC Speed
602 HP

Torque

Continental GTC Speed
553 ft-lb

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Powertrain

Widened air intakes are more attractive than the ones they replace and, Bentley says, improve airflow to the GTC Speed engine by 14 percent.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2009)
The GTC Speed's six-speed automatic has two automatic modes - Drive and Sport - or it can be controlled via steering wheel paddles or by using the gearlever.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2009)
Pulling away from Bentley’s Crewe headquarters, the first thing that strikes me is a more vocal exhaust grumble percolating through to the vault-like interior.
by EVO (Jun, 2009)

Performance

It delivers its immense thrust with almost arrogant ease - nail the alloy throttle pedal from standstill and you'll hit 100mph 10.6 seconds later, in one, brief, effortless waft.
by Top Gear (Jun, 2009)
After you wait 25 seconds to lower the top, the top speed only drops by 5 mph, to 195 mph.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2009)
the rear) and eight-piston calipers reduce the car's overall weight by about 44 pounds.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2009)

Transmission

The differences between the Speed and the standard GTC are the same as on the coupe and four-door Speeds.
by Top Gear (Jun, 2009)
The brilliant optional carbon discs really should be standard on the Speed, as a 200mph, 2.5-ton car needs all the help it can get when it comes to stopping.
by EVO (Jun, 2009)
That's all it takes to get you a Bentley Continental GTC Speed over the standard GTC, and it's 20 grand that means nothing to potential buyers who want the latest and greatest Conti cabrio.
by Top Gear (Jun, 2009)

Handling

The Speed version adds a further £8600 to the list price, but then this extra money nets you the 600bhp engine upgrade (up 48bhp), 20in wheels, revised suspension (10mm lower at the front, 15mm at the rear), a sportier exhaust, a rear spoiler, revised ESP settings and a 15 per cent increase in peak torque, available from just 1700rpm all the way to 5600rpm.
by EVO (Jun, 2009)
And this gigantic four-wheel-drive land yacht is composed and comfortable and safe at pretty much any speed you care to dial in, on any kind of road.
by Top Gear (Jun, 2009)
The speed-sensitive steering system has been retuned too - an improvement that filters down to the regular GTC.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2009)

Manual

All the extra performance means the brakes get even more of a workout, though, and it doesn’t take long before the standard steel-disc set-up starts to wilt.
by EVO (Jun, 2009)
The Speed develops 600bhp, compared with the standard GTC's 552, while torque is up 15 per cent to 553lb ft, available right across the rev range.
by Top Gear (Jun, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Bentley
Type of car Production car
Year 2009
City mileage 10 MPG
Highway mileage 17 MPG

transmission

Drivetrain Continuous 4WD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 4.17:1
  2. 2: 2.34:1
  3. 3: 1.52:1
  4. 4: 1.14:1
  5. 5: 0.87:1
  6. 6: 0.69:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 508/? 241
Rear wheels 508/? 241

physical dimensions

Curb weight 5,479 lb
Width 86.4 in
Height 54.6 in
Length 189.3 in
Front track width 63.9 in
Wheelbase 108.1 in

road tests

Top speed 200 mph
0-60mph 4.5 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.1 lb/hp
Maximum hp 602 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 553 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,998 cc
Cylinders W12
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.3 in / 3.6 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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