VIDEO: Bentley Continental GT Speed Hits 206 MPH
The 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed has been taken to its top speed of 206 mph by Australian racing driver, John Bowe, on the derestricted Stuart Highway deep in the Northern territory.
The 626 bhp, 607 lb-ft W12-powered GT Speed Grand Tourer reached maximum speed in 76 seconds, covering a distance of 5.8 miles in the process. At full whack, the 6.0-litre twin-turbo Grand Tourer was covering 92 metres (or one football pitch) per second.
The Stuart Highway covers a distance of 1,761 miles from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Port Augusta, South Australia – approximately the same distance as London to Istanbul or New York to Denver. In October 2013 the local Government announced a trial period of reverting to an open speed limit on the 120-mile stretch between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek.
At top speed the 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 per cent of its engine power just to overcome aerodynamic loads.
“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 206 mph. That’s extraordinary. Even when you break through the 200 mph barrier, the GT Speed just keeps accelerating,” said Bowe.
A six-time Australian touring car and two-time Bathurst 1,000 champion, Bowe currently races a GT3 Down Under with Flying B Racing.