Bentley Continental GT Speed: VMAX in the Outback

The 16MY Bentley Continental GT Speed has been tested on the derestricted Stuart Highway in the Northern territory, Australia. The Stuart Highway covers a distance of 1,761 miles (2,834km) from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Port Augusta, South Australia - approximately the same distance as London to Istanbul.

Six-time Australian touring car and two-time Bathurst 1,000 champion, John Bowe was the perfect choice of driver to test the Bentley Continental GT Speed to its limits. Powered by the 635PS W12 engine the GT Speed Grand Tourer reached its top speed of 206mph in just 76 seconds whilst covering a distance of 9.4 kilometers in the process. At its top speed, it was covering an impressive 92 meters per second.

At Vmax, the 16MY Bentley Continental GT Speed is circulating 216 litres of coolant through its engine and radiator per minute; drawing over 4,700 litres of air through its radiator each second; and using 80 percent of its engine power just to overcome aerodynamic loads.

John Bowe said: "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 206mph. That's extraordinary. Even when you break through the 200mph barrier, the GT Speed just keeps accelerating."