Meet Bentley’s new 208-mph Continental GT Speed for $275,000

2022 Bentley Continental GT Budge

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Bentley Motors is now not resting on its laurels following a file yr of sales in 2020 for the famed British luxury carmaker.

The Volkswagen-owned company on Tuesday unveiled the 2022 Continental GT Budge, a new efficiency version of its bestselling automobile nameplate. Bentley is searching the vehicle the “most suitable, efficiency-focused Bentley ever.”

The automobile is anticipated to cost about $274,900 when it goes on sale within the U.S. and Europe within the third quarter, adopted by utterly different markets within the fourth quarter.

The 2-door efficiency automobile parts a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine rated at 650 horsepower and 664 foot-pounds of torque. The automobile runs 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Its top tempo is 208 mph, in accordance with the automaker. The efficiency is only a minute better than the Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT convertible with the equivalent engine. It additionally parts extra efficiency aspects and tuning, officers said.

2022 Bentley Continental GT Budge

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“The new Continental GT Budge represents the very pinnacle of efficiency broad touring,” Matthias Rabe, Bentley’s head of engineering, said in a free up.

The third-technology Continental GT Budge might perchance perchance also very neatly be one in all the final, if now not the final, non-electrified versions of the car. Bentley plans to exclusively provide creep-in hybrid electric or battery electric autos by 2026, and total electric autos finest by 2030.

“That is a vital alternate for a company that’s grown up on 6.75-liter engines and W12 engines,” Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark said one day of a media event. “We know that regulations, customer taste and the traits of a battery-electric transmissions match perfectly with the Bentley strategy, so we’re very intriguing about it.”

2022 Bentley Continental GT Budge

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Hallmark said the corporate doesn’t idea to gain creep-in hybrid electric autos (PHEVs) with V-12 engines. He said V-8 engines mixed with electrification are anticipated to place the same or better efficiency. PHEVs blend battery technology with interior combustion engines.

Bentley’s bought 11,206 autos in 2020 — no topic a seven-week closure of its factory in England one day of the discontinue of the Covid-19 pandemic final spring. It topped the corporate’s 11,006-unit file in 2019. The Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Convertible mixed to legend for 39% of its sales.