With the 2014 Geneva Motor Show fast approaching, Bentley will be using the occasion to formally unveil an updated version of its already powerful Continental GT Speed model as well as V8 power for the elegant and stately Flying Spur sedan which should please fans and buyers of both models.
We here at Autoinfoquest are big fans of the Continental GT Speed, and certainly love the power generated by its big W12 engine. So what can possibly be done to make this gem of a car even better? Bentley has the answer and is now offering more muscle for 2015. While the familiar 6.0 liter W12 engine is carried over from the old model, Bentley engineers have made several revisions which now lets the big motor pump out a healthy 626 horsepower (a gain of 10 horses) and 605 lb-ft of torque (an increase of 15 lb-ft). These lofty figures not only put it on par with rivals from Aston Martin and Rolls Royce, but also make it the fastest Bentley model currently offered with the coupe topping out at an impressive 206 mph (convertible versions make do with a slightly lower 203 mph). In addition to the increased oomph, Bentley designers have also tweaked the exterior styling of the GT Speed with features such as side skirts, body colored front splitter, red hued brake calipers, dark tinting for the headlights, tail lights, and wheels, as well as new chrome GT Speed badges which can be found on the front fenders. Meanwhile, the interior essentially carries over unchanged with new interior colors being the sole revision for 2015.
On the other side of the coin is the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur which follows the path blazed by its Continental based siblings with the addition of the company’s 4.0 liter liter V8 engine. Aimed at giving buyers a slightly more efficient alternative to the 6.0 liter W12, the new engine should improve upon the W12’s thirsty 12/20 mpg city/highway ratings (look for the V8’s MPG figures to be released later) while still rewarding buyers with a stout 500 horsepower and an equally impressive 487 lb-ft of torque. Like its up-level 12 cylinder counterpart, the V8’s muscle will be channeled to all four wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission which should allow the big Bentley to make the sprint to 60 mph in a brisk 4.9 seconds before topping out at 183 mph.
After both models make their respective debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, look for them to appear at a Bentley showroom near you this spring with official pricing expected to be released closer to their official launch. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest developments on both models as they become available.