Bentley Motors, owned by Volkswagen (OTCMKTS: VWAGY), introduced the 2022 Continental GT Speed on Tuesday, a performance-focused version of its best selling Grand Tourer. The news follows a record year of sales in 2020 for the company.
The company has referred to the vehicle as the “most capable, performance-focused Bentley ever.”
The continental is predicted to cost around USD274,900 once on sale within the U.S. and Europe during its third quarter. The car, a two door vehicle, holds a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine rated at 650 horsepower and 664 foot pounds of torque. Furthermore, the continental runs 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and it reaches top speeds of 208 mph, according to Bently.
Dr. Matthias Rabe, Member of the Board for Engineering at Bentley Motors, highlighted that “The new Continental GT Speed represents the very pinnacle of performance grand touring. This new model is the most powerful expression of Continental GT values, exciting and dynamic, with unique Speed detailing to enhance the ownership experience and offering customers more control over the character of the car. The world’s most luxurious Grand Tourer is now truly more capable than ever before, with a new sportier edge which will appeal to performance-focused drivers.”
Bently revealed plans to exclusively manufacture plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicles by 2026 and all-electric vehicles by 2030. Consequently, the Continental GT Speed may be one of the last non-electrified versions of the car.
“This is a big change for a company that’s grown up on 6.75-liter engines and W12 engines,” Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark said during a media event. “We know that legislation, customer taste and the characteristics of a battery-electric transmissions fit perfectly with the Bentley strategy, so we’re very excited about it.”