2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed revealed

Bentley has made its fastest model even faster. Thanks to a modified 6.0 litre W12 twin-turbo engine, the updated Continental GT Speed now boasts 633 bhp (472 kW / 642 PS) with 840 Nm (620 lb/ft) of peak torque.

Those figures are up by a modest 7 bhp (5 kW / 7 PS) and 20 Nm (14 lb/ft) respectively. Most owners probably won't notice or exploit that extra output, but for the record the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time has reduced from 4.2 to 4.1 seconds. Top speed meanwhile becomes 206 mph (331 km/h).

Likely to be of more interest to Bentley's clientèle is the arrival of the GT Speed Black Edition.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition (2017) Front Side

Various cosmetic tweaks include a black finish for the 21” five-spoke wheels, headlight bezels and window surrounds. To add some contrast, the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser come in a choice of colours called Beluga, Hallmark, St James' Red and Cyber Yellow.

Those four shades are echoed on the two-tone diamond-quilted leather upholstery, which covers Mulliner GT Design seats. Carbon fibre cabin trim provides a finishing touch.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition (2017) InteriorBentley Continental GT Speed Black Edition (2017) Rear Side

Available in either coupé or convertible forms, both the 2017 GT Speed and GT Speed Black Edition are due to reach dealers in the summer. Prices have yet to be announced.

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