Continental GT Speed Edition 12

A commemorative edition of limited edition cars that inspired by the story of the iconic Bentley W12 engine.


Limited to a production run of just 120 vehicles, the Continental GT Speed Edition 12 represents a historic pairing of unrivalled automotive craftsmanship with the ultimate in grand touring performance. Above all, it offers one of the last remaining opportunities to acquire a new Bentley fitted with the legendary W12 engine.


In addition to the stunning specification of the Continental GT Speed, the car is offered with features such as Speed Edition 12 badging inside and out, as well as a dashboard overlay visualising the engine’s cylinder firing sequence. Owners will also receive a scale model of the car’s engine, cast from a genuine recycled W12 engine block.

It is part of a series of limited-edition cars that also includes the Continental GTC Speed Edition 12, the Flying Spur Speed Edition 12 and the Bentayga Speed Edition 12. All offer the performance and commemorative features of the Edition 12 series, in different body types.


The Continental GT Speed Edition 12 stands as a unique opportunity to invest in a car of historic importance. Because this is not just any car – or indeed any Bentley. It celebrates an engine that can be considered a Bentley icon.

208 MPH
Max Speed
3.5 s
0-60 mph
650 BHP
Max Power
900 NM
Max Torque



The Continental GT Speed Edition 12 marks the end of a glorious automotive era. The engine it celebrates originally appeared in the groundbreaking first-generation Continental GT, launched in 2003. Since then, both the car and the engine have become Bentley icons. And while the engine has gone on to power other Bentley models, its story remains inseparable from that of the Continental GT.

The most successful 12-cylinder engine in history, it has played a unique part in propelling Bentley to the position it occupies today – all while remaining true to founder W.O. Bentley’s belief that the way to build better, faster cars was to build more powerful engines. Today, Bentley remains the only automotive manufacturer to produce engines of this kind.




Limited in number this car may be, yet when it comes to its power, limitless might be a better word. The Continental GT Speed Edition 12 is, after all, a celebration of a truly remarkable engine – one capable of producing 650 bhp and 900 Nm of torque. That’s enough to propel you from zero to 60 mph in a thrilling 3.5 seconds. It also features variable displacement, enabling six of the car’s cylinders to shut off automatically when the full power of the engine is not needed, improving fuel efficiency and emissions. Put your foot down hard and the entire bank of cylinders re-engages faster than the blink of an eye. Approximately ten times faster, in fact.


To drive the Continental GT Speed Edition 12 is to experience performance unlike that of any other grand tourer. It features adaptive all-wheel drive, affording the exhilaration of a rear-wheel drive sports car until road conditions become too slippery – at which point it redistributes a portion of the car’s power to the front axle, providing the sure grip of all-wheel drive.

All-wheel steering makes for greater agility at low speeds, while allowing you to glide between lanes with confidence on the open road. The Bentley Dynamic Ride anti-roll system keeps the car stable through corners without compromising on comfort while cruising. Torque vectoring, meanwhile, is delivered both via the brakes and an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD), for greater control when cornering at speed.

Even the exhaust system has been designed with the thrill of the drive in mind. Adaptive Valve Control ensures you hear little more than a murmur when driving in Comfort mode – but accelerate in Sport mode and you’ll experience the fearsome power of the W12 engine’s roar. Consider it a fitting reminder of the engine’s historic pedigree.




The Continental GT Speed Edition 12 builds on the iconic lines of the Continental GT Speed with a wealth of finely crafted details, collectively designed to look back on the life of the W12 engine and its role in Bentley’s history.

It is a tale that begins before you even touch the door handle. Edition 12 Welcome Lamps fitted to the underside of the door mirrors illuminate the ground as you step inside, while Speed Edition 12 badges can be seen gleaming on the front fenders. Silver-painted brake callipers peek through the spokes of the 22” Speed wheels, while in the centre of each wheel, a self-levelling Bentley badge ensures the famous ‘B’ always remains upright.

Open the bonnet and the object of all this adulation is revealed: the 6.0 litre W12 engine, ready to roar into life. Displayed prominently atop it is an Edition 12 plaque, complete with the inscription, ‘1 of 120’.

Among the wide range of exterior colours you can choose from is the exclusive Opalite, a beautiful grey-green colour with subtle undertones of copper that can be seen when the car catches the light.

As a final flourish, every car is issued with a handcrafted presentation box that contains a scale model of the W12 engine, cast from a real, recycled W12 engine block. All told, this is more than just automotive luxury. It is a showcase of design and hand craftsmanship; a celebration of both an iconic engine and an iconic car.



A Cabin steeped in motoring history

The story that started outside the car continues as you take a seat inside. From the soft white glow emitted by the illuminated outer treadplates to the Edition 12 inner treadplates and the Edition 12 embroidery on each seat, there is no mistaking the car’s significance.

The fascia, waistrails and centre console are finished in smooth Grand Black veneer – the perfect backdrop for the solid brass organ-stop controls, each one bearing a clearly visible number 12. On the passenger’s side of the fascia, meanwhile, metal overlays display the Speed Edition 12 emblem, alongside a sequence of numbers representing the firing order of the engine’s twelve cylinders.

Handcrafted Precision Diamond quilting is applied to the seats and the door panels, while ombré stitching allows three thread colours to blend together on the seats. The leather colour scheme can be selected from a choice of five, each one curated specifically by Bentley’s design team.




The styling and finish of this limited edition car is unlike that of any other Continental GT. Nevertheless, there remains a wide range of options for personalisation, from the full palette of exterior paints to a choice of interior colourways. There are even three different finishes to choose from for the wheels.

For those who wish to make their Speed Edition 12 car truly unique, there is the opportunity to enhance it with bespoke features or finishes, created to your specification by the Mulliner team. To learn more about how you can tailor your car to your tastes, please contact your local Bentley dealer.

The Engine

The Continental GT Speed Edition 12 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0 litre W12 petrol engine capable of delivering 650 bhp (659 PS).

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Max Power 650 BHP @ 5000 - 6000 RPM
Max Torque 664 lb-ft @ 1500-5000 RPM
Engine Capacity 5950 cc
Fuel Type Petrol (RON95)
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
Max Speed 208 mph
NEDC drive cycle
Combined Fuel Economy 20.2 mpg
Urban Fuel Economy 13.5 mpg
Extra Urban Fuel Economy 28.5 mpg
Combined Fuel Economy 20.6 mpg
Extra High Fuel Economy 25.4 mpg
High Fuel Economy 24.1 mpg
Medium Fuel Economy 19.3 mpg
Low Fuel Economy 11.7 mpg
Driving Range 407.62 miles
City Driving 12.0 mpg (US)
Highway Driving 20.0 mpg (US)
Combined 15.0 mpg (US)
Weights and Volumes
Unladen Weight (Region2) 5029 lb
Boot Volume 12.6 cu-ft
Fuel Tank Capacity 20.0 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity (US) 24.0 US gallons
Overall Length 190.9 in
Width Across Mirrors 86.1 in
Overall Height 55.3 in
Wheelbase 112.2 in
Max Power 659 PS / 485 kW @ 5000 - 6000 RPM
Max Torque 900 Nm @ 1500-5000 RPM
Engine Capacity 5950 cc
Fuel Type Petrol (RON95)
Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h 3.6 seconds
Max Speed 335 km/h
NEDC drive cycle
Combined CO2 319.0 g/km
Combined Fuel Economy 14.0 l/100 km
Urban Fuel Economy 21.0 l/100 km
Extra Urban Fuel Economy 9.9 l/100 km
Combined CO2 311.0 g/km
Combined Fuel Economy 13.7 l/100 km
Extra High Fuel Economy 11.1 l/100 km
High Fuel Economy 11.7 l/100 km
Medium Fuel Economy 14.6 l/100 km
Low Fuel Economy 24.1 l/100 km
Driving Range 656.0 km
City Driving 12.0 mpg (US)
Highway Driving 20.0 mpg (US)
Combined 15.0 mpg (US)
Weights and Volumes
Unladen Weight (Region1) 2273 kg
Boot Volume 358 litres
Fuel Tank Capacity 90 litres
Fuel Tank Capacity (US) 24.0 US gallons
Overall Length 4850 mm
Width Across Mirrors 2187 mm
Overall Height 1405 mm
Wheelbase 2851 mm
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