BENTLEY has crafted a highly exclusive limited edition version of its
Continental GT, dubbed the Black Speed, which is “possibly the most aggressive
car” in nearly 100 years, and will only be offered for sale in Australia and
Based on the company's flagship Continental GT Speed, the unique variant shares
the same equipment and performance, but adds a stealthy black and red colour
theme that appeals to Australian's tastes, according to Bentley.
Priced from $525,000 before on-road costs, the Black Speed production run will
be capped at just 10 vehicles and, while the allocation is not yet all spoken
for, the British car-maker says interest is already strong.
Speaking at the Australian launch of the Bentayga – the company's first SUV –
Bentley Asia-Pacific dealer sales manager David Simpson said the Black Speed
evolved purely from feedback from local customers.
“We talked to some of our customers last year at the Grand Prix about doing
something bespoke for Australia, something unique for this market,” he said.
“In the past we had the Concourse edition, where we blacked-out all the chrome
and did a black finish for the first time on one of our cars... that was
extremely popular in Australia. People want the aggressive version of the
“I talked to the factory and said that I want to do something bespoke and
something unique. I want to do a run of 10 cars just for our market. That's
when we came to Black Speed.”
Mr Simpson explained that the strictly limited version was meticulously
developed using the equally exclusive Breitling Jet Series Continental as
inspiration, to maintain a sense of style and not fashion.
“There is a big difference between fashionable and stylish,” he said.
“Fashionable is bodykits, getting a spoiler put on your car aftermarket,
fashionable is to say that it's a trend or a fad.
“Stylish is something that is unique and it lives within someone and style is
timeless. It's probably the most aggressive car that we've made.”
Customers quick enough to secure their Black Speed will take delivery of a
Continental GT dressed in jet black paint with contrasting red front and rear
diffusers, side skirts and grille surround, with a matching fine red pinstripe
that is painted by hand.
Its 21-inch alloy wheels are the first all-gloss black rim to be offered by the
company and are handed left and right to ensure the asymmetrical spoke design
always rotates forward.
Along with Bentley's thousands of other customisation options, the Black Speed
is also available with carbon-ceramic brakes which bumps the price to $600,000
driveaway when sold in Victoria.
Headlights and tail-lights have been tinted a darker “radiation” to blend in
with the lowlight colour scheme.
On the inside, the Black Speed's dashboard is finished in engine-spun
aluminium, which has been used by the company since the 1930s, but for the
unique Australian car, the metal has been coated red.
The black and red signatures continue through the black leather steering wheel,
which is stitched together with red thread and topped with a red 12 o'clock
More red and black hide is used to upholster the interior with “cobra styled”
sports seats by Bentley's bespoke branch Mulliner, which feature the Black
Speed name embroidered into the headrests.
As a centrepiece, the GT Black Speed's interior is finished by a central
Breitling clock, specially commissioned with matching red bezel and a black