Gaining more muscle and extra presence, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed arrives in showrooms here this summer along with a new Black Edition. Also available in Coupe or Convertible body styles, Paul Jones, Product Line Director for Continental GT, notes this even more exclusive iteration was created “to meet demand from customers for a model in the Continental line that offers both increased sporting capabilities and instantly recognizable styling cues.”

Like the GT Speed, the Black Edition benefits from an upgraded version of the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that resides underhood. Horsepower rises from 626 to 633 while peak torque pops to 620 lb-ft -- a gain of 15 twist units – which is on hand in full measure from 2,000-5,000 rpm. As a result, Bentley says the 0-60 mph time for all versions of the 2017 GT Speed drops by 0.3 seconds to just 3.9 ticks and the 206 mph top end makes it the firm’s fastest production model to date.

Pumping up its profile

On the new Continental GT Speed Black Edition, all exterior brightwork is rendered in a high-gloss black finish as are its 21-inch alloy wheels and brake calipers – although the latter also can be done in red on request. The front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser sport one of four contrasting colors: Hallmark, Beluga, St James’ Red or Cyber Yellow, alternatives that also can appear on the car’s mirror housings, if the buyer so chooses.

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The cabin of a Black Edition model displays a similar kind of profile-raising revamp starting with diamond-quilted leather on its door panels and Mulliner GT Design seats which are set off by Porpoise, Beluga, Pillar Box Red or Cyber Yellow accents and stitching. Rounding out the mix are carbon fiber trim on the dash, center and roof consoles. The 2017 Bentley Continental GT Speed Coupe has a starting MSRP of $240,300 with the GT Speed Convertible set to open at $264,300. The Speed Coupe Black Edition begins at $253,235 and its drop-top sibling commences at $277,235. Bentley has yet to release destination fees on these 2017 models, but last year they added $2,725 to the basic sticker. 

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