The Goodwood Festival Speed always delivers thrills, spills and surprises . . . and this year was no different, as visitors were treated to a first glimpse of the beautiful brand new Continental GT Speed.
What’s more, this pinnacle model in the Continental range demonstrated the full scope of its performance as it powered its way up the famous Goodwood hill climb.
The wraps were taken off the eagerly-anticipated latest evolution of the iconic W12 at the ultimate petrolhead event, to the delight of the Goodwood aficionados, who were able to stand within feet of the course as the Speed showcased its uncompromising pace.
Combining supreme luxury with supercar performance, the New Continental GT Speed boasts the trademark GT styling, with a lower, sportier stance, while signature Speed design cues signal this is something very special.
An uprated engine delivers a top speed of 205mph while enhanced efficiency yields an eight per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The addition of the new W12 GT Speed gives the Contintental GT customers a choice of three high-performing engines – the 6.0L W12 with 575PS and now 625PS, as well as the 4.0L V8 with 500PS – all unmistakably Bentley.
The luxurious handcrafted cabin of the Speed offers Bentley’s characteristic levels of refinement and comfort, craftsmanship and quality, and the new chassis provides a sportier and more engaging driving experience.
All of which attributes were not lost of the modern-day ‘Bentley Boys’ who put this exquisite new car through its paces at Goodwood – Guy Smith, Juha Kankkunen and Derek Bell.
The trio were on hand to put their driving skills to the test in the ultimate challenge, tackling the exhilarating 1.16-mile white-knuckle hill climb, allowing the Speed to live up to its name on the course, which rises over 300ft from start to finish.
Click here to view the Bentley W12 Speed hillclimb and interviews with the drivers.
The car will receive its full official launch at the Paris Motor Show, this September.
Highlights for the luxury marque at this year’s event included a 500m show stand, where visitors could view key models including the SUV concept EXP 9F, and a range of vintage and contemporary cars in the Paddock – as well as the thrilling sight of Bentleys tackling the challenging hill climb.