If you don’t hear the fastest production Bentley ever coming, then you won’t miss seeing the Continental GT Speed Black Edition hurtle past.
Not to be confused with the Continental GT Black Speed limited edition created only for the Australian market, the global unveiling of the Continental GT Speed Black Edition highlights its fastest-Bentley-ever status with wild colour schemes.
The 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine has been massaged to 472kW and 840Nm, up 5kW/20Nm over the regular GT Speed. Claimed 0-100km/h drops by a tenth to 4.1 seconds, onwards to a 331km/h top speed, a winged-B PB.
Bentley says the additional torque is “is applied through the entire rev range via careful reoptimisation of boost control” but remains accessible in full between 2000rpm and 5000rpm.
The Black Edition remains an eight-speed automatic-only proposition, but will be available in both coupe and convertible bodystyles.
The name is not reflected in exterior body colour choice, but rather the all-black 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheel design and high-gloss black finishes to the exterior brightwork including grille and headlight bezels.
Brake calipers can be finished in red or black, while the front splitter, side skirts, door mirrors and rear diffuser are available in four “contrast” colours – metallic grey, gloss black, bright red and, erm, cyber yellow.
Interior trim including quilted leather can similarly be matched in such sunglasses-required colours, alongside the more restrained carbonfibre adorning the centre stack.
Bentley’s plant in Crewe, Cheshire, takes 110 hours to make each Continental GT, with the W12 monster requiring 12.5 hours and 30 staffers to assemble.