Bentley Continental – 2013 GT Speed: Autobahn Worthy

by Brian Armstead

Bentley Continental 2013-1

Courtesy of: Automotive Rhythms www.automotiverhythms.com

It was a scene I did not expect, but should have given the prodigious performance of the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed. Not satisfied with the mere 198 mph top speed of the “base” Continental GT, Bentley’s team of engineers, led by the effervescent Brian Gush, massaged the potent twin-turbo W12 engine in the GT Speed to output 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

Top speed after the upgrades is 205 mph. We were encouraged by the Bentley media team to safely explore the upper limits of this beast, keeping in mind that our primary test route, the famous Autobahn network of highways across Germany, did have some sections where speed limits were enforced.

My driving partner Kimatni Rawlins and I were a bit late towards our departure from scenic Bavaria, Germany, as we had taken a bit too much time