BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SPEED NAMED CLASSIC OF THE FUTURE BY THE ‘MOTOR KLASSIK AWARDS 2022’ – Bentley Motors reveals today its first-ever ‘Motor Klassik’ award from the renowned German automotive magazine Motor Klassik. The Bentley Continental GT Speed, the most dynamic road car in Bentley’s 102 year history and ultimate performance-focused interpretation of the world’s benchmark luxury Grand Tourer has been chosen by over 18,000 readers as ‘Classic of the Future’ in the Coupé category.
Designed, engineered, developed and handcrafted in Bentley’s carbon neutral luxury automotive factory in Crewe, this new third-generation model bodies on a long tradition of Speed variants. Originally introduced with the highly-acclaimed, first generation Continental GT Speed in 2007 – itself encouraged by the 3-Litre Speed models of the 1920s. The newest GT Speed continues the bloodline by representing the ultimate blend of luxury and performance in a Grand Touring package.
The new GT Speed is the ultimate performance-focused expression of Bentley’s definitive Grand Tourer, yet maintains the luxury, comfort and usability of its siblings. It is armed with an upgraded version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine, delivering 659 PS (650 bhp) and an extraordinary 900Nm (664 lb.ft) of torque. Offering an exceptional handling, these results in a top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph) and 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds (0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds).
The Continental GT Speed’s credentials are further highlighted by a unique duotone colour split handcrafted in hide and matching Alcantara, which is also applied to the steering wheel. The exterior badging is matched with an elegant Speed icon on the passenger fascia.
‘We are proud that the Bentley Continental GT Speed has been awarded by the ‘Motor Klassik Award 2022’ and seeing the trophy cabinet of the Bentley GT Continental in all its forms to further expand. This latest generation of GT Speed specifically is the ultimate performance-focused interpretation of the world’s benchmark luxury Grand Tourer. We would like to thank the Motor Klassik readers for this recognition which also praises the great work done back in Crewe enabling the creation of such a future iconic model of its kind.’– Balazs Rooz, Regional Director Europe
Bentley Motors just declared the luxury marque’s financial results for 2021, complementing the company’s record sales performance during the same 12-month period. Operating profits rose to €389 million, which was €369 million more than in 2020. Europe made a strong contribution with the delivery of 2,520 cars, a 15 per cent increase driven by evenly split sales across model lines.