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Bentley Continental GT Speed: V Max in the Outback

The new Bentley Continental GT Speed has been taken to its top speed of 206 mph (331 km/h) on the derestricted Stuart Highway deep in the Northern Territory, Australia.

The local Government announced a trial period of reverting to an open speed limit on the 120-mile (200 km) stretch between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek in 2013, giving Bentley the opportunity to take the Continental GT Speed to its top speed.

Australian racing legend, John Bowe, made the perfect choice for the driver: A six-time Australian touring car and two-time Bathurst 1,000 champion, for Bentley’s high-speed run in the ‘Red Centre’. He is also familiar with the Continental as he currently races a GT3 Down Under with Flying B Racing.

The 635 PS (626 bhp), 820 Nm (607 lb.ft) W12-powered GT Speed reached Vmax in just 76 seconds, covering a distance of 9.4 kilometres in the process. At top speed, it covered a staggering 92 meters (or one football pitch) per second.

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 206 mph. That’s extraordinary. Even when you break through the 200 mph barrier, the GT Speed just keeps accelerating.”

The Stuart Highway covers a distance of 1,761 miles (2,834 km) from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Port Augusta, South Australia – approximately the same distance as London to Istanbul or New York to Denver.

Read more about the Continental GT Speed here. 

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Watch the film of the V-Max drive here.