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Bentley says its new Continental GT Speed — inspired by the Speed models it built in the 1920s — is its most powerful vehicle ever.


The Speed edition of the sleek Continental GT Coupe uses the same W-12 engine as the Coupe has used since its introduction, but lighter-weight engine components and a new engine-management system have lifted its horsepower. Power output is now 600 hp with 553 pound-feet of torque, some 15 and 9 percent more than the base GT, which gets better fuel efficiency but no more power for 2008.


Outfitted with the six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive from the Continental GT, the Speed version is said to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds on its way to a 202-mph top speed.


Styling updates on the new Speed include a wider air intake and a more upright radiator grille, as well as a dark-tinted grille and bigger tailpipes. The suspension has been retuned to accommodate 20-inch wheels; carbon-ceramic brakes are available optionally.


A Mulliner Driving Specification option includes drilled foot pedals and a knurled chrome/leather shifter and diamond-quilted leather trim, along with a choice of interior wood.


All other Continental GTs get a revised stability control system, a 77-lb weight loss through the use of aluminum parts, and retuned power steering. Carbon-ceramic brakes are optional.


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