DEBUT: Bentley Continental GT – More Power, and Pop Art

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April 2016 has been a big month for the Continental GT.

Bentley‘s big coupe and convertible, which range in price from just under $200,000 to $263,400, have received a new GT Speed trim level that occupies that range’s highest points. And there’s the Black Edition, which further amps up the GT Speed’s uniqueness.

But before we get to that, let’s check out this neat Continental V8 S, which got the pop art touch from one of the art form’s masters, Sir Peter Blake. He’s the artist behind the album cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.


Here, the artist has designed a unique color and graphics scheme on a convertible that will be auctioned in June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in a charity by Bonhams to benefit the Care2Save Charitable Trust.

Heart iconography aside, check out these colors – the green air dam connecting to the blue fenders and the pink grille is a combo that’s unexpected and fun.


The differently-colored seats are neat.


It’ll be interesting to see its winning auction price. With the graphic on the hood and a red steering wheel, this Bentley is all heart.


Earlier in the month, Bentley announced a new top trim for the Continental GT – the GT Speed. Here we see it in the Speed Black Edition, with its special colors and accents.


The GT Speed can be either a coupe or convertible.


As the most expensive Continental GT, it’s also the fastest – not counting the $341,025 GT3-R, of course.

It’s a mild bump in power for the 6.0-liter W12, to 633 hp and 620 lb-ft. of torque. Bentley says the GT Speed will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and the speedo needle won’t stop until it points to 206 mph.

The Black Edition gives GT Speed buyers a uniquely focused palette from which to choose your colors and accents. The scheme you choose applies inside and out, as we see with the yellow exterior flourishes on the body…


…and in the interior.


Or you could go with something more subtle, but you’d still have much drama in the patterning.


The Continental GT Speed trim costs just under $25K more than the standard GT W12, and the convertible GT Speed adds a few grand more. For Bentley buyers wanting a fresh look for Continental GT’s familiar face, the GT Speed awaits.

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