The Bentley Continental GT Speed has been taken to its max velocity (Vmax) of 206 mph (331 km/h) on the Stuart Highway in the northern territory of the Australian Outback.
The Stuart Highway is a 1,761 miles (2,834 km) long highway that connects Darwin in the Northern Territory to Port Augusta in South Australia. Along this vast stretch of asphalt, the 120 miles (200 km) stretch between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek is derestricted and has no speed limit. This is where the Bentley Continental GT Speed was taken to its limits by Australian racing legend John Bowe.
The 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed is powered by a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine that produces 635 PS (626 bhp) and a colossal 820 Nm (607 lb.ft.) of torque. The GT Speed Grand Tourer was able to achieve max velocity in just 76 seconds and covered a total of 9.4 kilometres in the process. At top whack, the vehicle which weighs 5,000 lbs (2,268 kg) was covering the size of one football pitch (92 meters) per second and 80% of the engine’s power at this speed was being used to overcome just the aerodynamic load on the car.
This is what John Bowe had to say about the Continental GT Speed: “This isn’t a modified racecar; it’s a luxurious grand touring road car fresh off the production line. It took us a little over a minute to go from a standstill to 206 mph. That’s extraordinary. Even when you break through the 200 mph barrier, the GT Speed just keeps accelerating.”