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It is hard to believe that the shape of the Continental has been with us for more than 12 years now and with the odd cosmetic tweak and engine upgrade it has managed to establish itself as the best selling Bentley by far. In fact, it is the main reason the company is now considered to be an instantly recognisable global brand which is no mean feat for a single model. Who knows, the Conti might do for Bentley what the 911 has done for Porsche over the decades.

In these times, it is the marketing man who sits at the top table with the company bosses and they look to him to mix his magic potions to eke out every drop of dream-inspiring imagery to help maintain market share of their brand and individual models. The Continental is a good example.

Think of a jolly jaunt down to Monaco in the blink of an eye, wafting along in a near-silent W12 to arrive refreshed at the Casino in time for a game or two of Black Jack.

How about a raucous blast in the Scottish Glens with a glorious V8 under the bonnet while the sports suspension lets you attack corners like Lewis Hamilton?

Fancy a cruise along the Pacific Highway from LA to San Diego? You can just picture yourself in a Continental GTC with the roof down soaking up the sun and the miles listening to Pink Floyd on the Naim audio system.

Get the point? Along with breaking ice speed records it seems there is a Continental for every occasion and for almost every year of production Bentley has tinkered with the ingredients to keep the model fresh in the public’s eye.

So far we have seen…..Mulliner Driving Specs, a Diamond Series, a GTZ, Series 51, Supersports, Speed 80-11 Editions, Design Series China, ISR Edition, GT Speed, GT Le Mans, GT3, GT V8S and GT3-R. Creative or what?

Most Continentals you will find on the road today will be the staple W12 or V8 Coupe but every now and then a ‘special edition’ will appear on our radar and this time it is a 2010 GT Speed W12.

The ‘Speed’ part of the moniker means that (for the 2010 year model) you could expect a not insignificant 602hp instead of the ‘standard’ car’s 552hp whilst sitting on slightly lowered suspension. In other words, it will give you an almighty shove in the back when you want it and is a genuine 200+ mph GT.

Finished in Moonbeam Silver with Beluga hide interior we have been asked to find a buyer for a particularly nice example of a GT Speed which was registered in May 2010 and has completed only 14000 miles since new. A recent service complements the already comprehensive history for the car and the MOT expires in May 2017.

This GT Speed car comes with the following optional extras:-

20″ Speed Dark Tint finish alloy wheels fitted with very good Pirelli PZero tyres, Convenience Specification, Front Massage Seats, Linen Contrast Stitching, Piano Black Trim, Alloy Fuel Filler Cap, CD Changer, Bluetooth, Rear View Camera, TV Tuner, Power Boot Function, Rear View Camera, Space-saving Spare Wheel, Drilled Alloy Sports Pedals, Multi-function Heated Steering Wheel in Single-tone Hide Trim with Brushed Switch Surround, Clear Protection Film to Front and Rear, Mirrors and Side Sills, Bright Chromed Matrix Grille plus Bright Chromed Lower Bumper Matrix Grille, Valet Key.

The following are standard features on the GT Speed:-

Auto-dimming Rear View Mirror, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Automatic Headlights, Cruise Control, Diamond-quilted Seats, Diamond-quilted Leather Inserts, Electric Steering Column with Easy Exit, Key-less Entry, Heated Electric Seats, Power-fold Heated Mirrors with Memory, Telephone Voice Control, Infotainment System including Satellite Navigation, Multi-zone Climate Control, Rain-sensor Wipers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Ultrasonic Park Distance Control Front and Rear.

Phew – not many boxes were left unticked with this car it seems!

This splendid car is on sale at £67,250 so to find out more give The Car Spy a call on 01892 506970 or email

Please note that part exchanges may be considered.

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We are advertising on behalf of the owner this beautiful 2011 Bentley Continental GTC Speed. The car has one registered keeper from new and has recorded just 12800 miles. This GTC Speed is finished in Beluga Black Metallic and has a comprehensive Bentley service history.

Full specification listed as follows:-

Full Linen Hide
Black Contrast Stitching
Black Secondary Hide
Black Exterior Hood
Bentley Emblem Stitching to Head Restraints
Dark Stained Burr Walnut Trim
Diamond Quilted leather Seats
Diamond Quilted Door Inserts
Drilled Alloy Sports Foot Pedals
Hide Trimmed Sports gear lever
Comfort Seating Front and Rear
3 Spoke Dual Tone Hide trimmed Steering wheel with Brushed Aluminium Switch Surround
Front Massage Seats
Leather Sun-visors
Keyless Entry
12 Speaker Multi Channel Sound Pack
Adaptive Cruise
CD Changer
Coming Home Controls
Heated Front Seats
IPod Interface
Navigation System
Power Boot
Rear View Camera
TV Tuner
Telephone Voice Control
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Bright Chromed Radiator Matrix Grille and Bright Chromed Lower Bumper Matrix Grille
Convenience Specification
20″ Speed Wheels

This GTC was last serviced in November 2013 and is taxed until May 2014. The Bentley Manufacturer’s warranty is valid until June 2014.

The car is located in Central London and viewing is strictly by appointment only.

This Bentley Continental GTC Speed is now SOLD!

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email

Bentley seem to be on a roll these days. There has probaly never been a wider choice of cars from their Continental, Mulsanne and Flying Spur ranges and travelling at plus or minus 200 mph seems to be the order of the day for the cars from Crewe.

It seems appropriate therefore that the company should be adding the moniker ‘Speed’ to the fastest car they have ever produced. Enter the new Bentley Continental GT Speed.

With 616 bhp on tap the car has a top speed of 205 mph (330 kph) and can gallop to 100 mph from standstill in a mightily impressive 9 seconds. In the time it has taken Usain Bolt to complete 100 metres the Bentley is a  1/4 mile away from the start-line. OK Usain is not a machine but it just puts into perpective how quickly the GT Speed can cover long distances.

Of course there are several ‘supercars’ that are more than capable of beating the Bentley in a straight line these days but there are not many that can do it with the panache and drama-free way the Crewe car does. If the car could speak it would be telling its driver to sit back and relax while it effortlessly hauls in the horizon.

The uprated twin-turbo W12 is now mated to an 8-speed ZF transmission and a big dollop of torque – 800 Nm – so that the thrust is instantly accessible and makes overtaking a blink-of-an-eye manoeuvre. To help cope with the extra power the chassis has been tweaked with uprated springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and steering. The exhaust has also been tuned to create the appropriate deep, sporty note under hard acceleration – if it is as nice as the V8’s noise then it will be a very interesting car in tunnels too.

If you are buying a ‘Speed’ GT instead of a non-Speed alternative then you might expect some cosmetic differences too. These will include 21″ ten-spoke alloy wheels, dark tint matrix radiator shell and lower bumper grilles and ‘rifled’ exhaust tailpipes.

The interiors come with the Mulliner Driving Specification featuring perforated, quilted leather and bright metal detailing plus the inevitable bits of carbon fibre. In other words they will look a tad luxurious and expensive.

To help calm your nerves after parting with your tidy sum to buy a GT Speed you will be uplifted by the thought that the new car offers up to a 12% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions over the previous W12 powerplant. Confirmed pricing for the GT Speed will be announced in due course.

In the meantime if you would further details of the new Bentley Continental GT Speed give The Car Spy a call on 01732 760699 or email

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