2013 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SPEED: A brand new addition to the Bentley family is the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed on display at the 105th Chicago Auto Show. ‘GT Speed’ – the name says it all. And from your first glimpse of the fastest, most powerful two-door coupé that Bentley makes, you know it’s the perfect description. With 21 inch wheels and lowered suspension, darkened grille and front bumper intakes glinting in the light, the Continental GT Speed makes no secret of its intent. If you love to drive far and fast, if the exhilaration of a 500 horsepower 4 liter twin turbo V-8 and eight-speed close-ratio transmission makes your heart race, this is your car. A revised electronic stability program calibration gives the driver free rein to explore the limits with safety, while the new chassis tune and lowered suspension accentuates the glued-to-the-road sensation during high-speed cornering. Larger, elliptical exhaust tailpipes feature a rifled interior, while the engine note that emerges from them is deeper and more emphatic. A full throttle standing start sees 60 mph flash past in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed, should you have the opportunity to explore it, is 205 mph. These figures eclipse even those of the W12 Continental GT, the benchmark for grand touring high performance. As in every Bentley, seventeen different hide colors are available, and from steering wheel to gearlever, seat and armrest, every soft-touch surface in the cockpit is covered with soft, flawless leather. The model on display is finished in Arctica white, with design elements that present the GT Speed in a lower, darker and more menacing appearance.
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