July 14, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

771-hp PHEV Powertrain Introduced in the 2025 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Preparing for the arrival of the 2025 Bentley Continental GT Speed, Bentley has emphasized the coupe’s Ultra Performance Hybrid engine. The focus is on the car’s impressive powertrain rather than the luxury and speed that we have come to expect from Bentley. The new GT Speed will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine producing 584 horsepower, supplemented by a 187-hp electric motor for a combined output of 771 hp and 738 pound-feet of torque. This makes the 2025 Continental GT Speed one of the most powerful offerings from the Volkswagen Group, joining the ranks of other high-performance models such as the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT.

The current GT model features a W12 engine with 650 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The new GT Speed is expected to reach 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, with the convertible variant trailing slightly behind. The current V8 GT produces 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque.

The GT Speed is equipped with a 25.9-kWh battery positioned behind the rear axle, offering several advantages. It powers the electric motor and can be recharged while driving, unlike the Bentayga PHEV. The battery enables pure-electric driving up to 87 mph, with a claimed range of 50 miles on the European cycle. Additionally, the battery placement contributes to a balanced weight distribution of 49:51, enhancing the overall handling of the GT Speed. The car features a 400-kW electrical architecture and can be fully charged in approximately three hours.

Weighing in at 5,421 pounds for the coupe and 5,811 pounds for the convertible, the GT Speed features Bentley’s Performance Active Chassis with advanced mechanical components such as all-wheel steering, all-wheel drive, torque vectoring, and an active anti-roll system. Despite its weight, the GT Speed delivers impressive performance, building on the legacy of previous Bentley models.

The fourth-generation GT Speed boasts 68% new parts, with noticeable design changes such as the distinctive headlights and taillights. The car has grown slightly in length and features a redesigned decklid for improved aerodynamics. Inside, there are updated digital gauges and a variety of audio system options to enhance the driving experience.

New technological features include enhanced smartphone integration, cabin preconditioning, remote vehicle summoning, and Zoom call capability. The standard color palette now includes Tourmaline Green and Gravity Gray options.

Overall, the 2025 Bentley Continental GT Speed represents a significant evolution in performance and technology for the iconic luxury brand. The “Speed” moniker hints at future iterations of the model, promising even more power and exhilarating driving experiences to come.

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