First drive: New Bentley Continental GT Speed

James Batchelor
First drive: New Bentley Continental GT Speed
First drive: New Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley's new model becomes its fastest production car ever. How did AOL Cars fare testing the car on a snowy Thruxton racing circuit?

What is it?

Bentley's new range-topping model has been created due to customer demand. It would seem a number of people with lots of ready cash to flash have asked the Crewe-based firm for something with more shove and drama. And this is it – the fastest production Bentley ever. To distinguish it over lesser versions, Continental GT Speed models get a dark tinted grille; chrome bezels on the rear lamp clusters; rifled exhaust pipes; unique 21-inch alloys; W12 badges on the front wings (added, once again, due to customer demand); diamond quilted leather; drilled pedals, knurled gear lever; 'Speed' treadplates; and an engine-turned aluminium dashboard. There's also a new sat-nav system that can take seven-digit postcodes – to satisfy customers who visit National Trust properties rather than football clubs.