[*]|qeexlgdq|[*]On the heels of a 10% gain in sales in the Americas in the first quarter of 2014, Bentley brings an upgraded Continental GT and a V8-equipped Flying Spur to the New York Auto Show this week.
Bentley has reengineered the 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 in its Continental GT for total 626 hp and record 607 lb.-ft. of torque. The GT Speed coupe is Bentley's fastest production car ever, with a top speed of 206 mph. The convertible is the fastest four-seat open-top car in the world, with a top speed of 203 mph.
The flagship model also gets a signature appearance and 21-inch Speed wheels, special headlamps and tail lamps with a dark tint finish. Red-painted brake calipers and chrome Speed badges complete the supercar look. Inside, a new colour split is reserved for the Speed models, with dark monotone interior, accent stripes in a contrasting colour, and Speed branding sewn into the headrests.
The Flying Spur gets a V8 option with Bentley's 4.0-litre twin-turbo powerplant that develops 500 hp and 488 lb.-ft. of torque, for a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds a top speed of 183 mph. It has an extended fuel range of 500 miles. Discrete styling tweaks differentiate the V8-equipped model, including figure of eight chromed exhaust finishers and red centre to the Bentley Wings badges. The front grille is finished in black with a black wing insert.
Bentley set sales records last year with 10,120 units sold globally, a record high in the marque's 95-year history.