Bentley Speed Edition 12 Honors W-12 Engine as End of Production Nears
The Speed Edition 12 celebrates Bentley's W-12 engine and will be offered on the Bentayga, the Continental GT, and the Flying Spur.
The special editions have Opalite paint, silver brake calipers, and the W-12's firing order etched into the dashboard.
Only 120 units of the Speed 12 will be built for each model line.
Electric Bentleys are imminent, with the British luxury marque promising five EVs by 2030 and the first arriving for 2025. But before the electron-powered brigade debuts, Bentley is celebrating its internal-combustion heritage with new Speed Edition 12 models. These limited-production versions of the Bentayga, Continental GT, and Flying Spur pay tribute to the W-12 motor that has laid at the heart of many of the brand's opulent cruisers since 2003 before the engine's production line is shut down in April of next year.
Using the more powerful Speed models as a starting point, the Edition 12 adds silver brake calipers—unique to this special edition—and rides on black 22-inch wheels, complemented by black trim and a new pale-green paint color called Opalite. Edition 12 badges are everywhere, appearing on the front fender of the Continental GT and the rear pillar of the Flying Spur and Bentayga, along with an illuminated logo on the door sill and a welcome lamp projected onto the ground. Popping the hood reveals a special engine plaque adorning the 12-cylinder motor.
Plenty of other Edition 12 logos appear in the cabin, where the firing sequence for the W-12 engine is also etched into the gloss-black dashboard. The main Beluga black upholstery can be paired with Brunel blue, Cricketball red, Linen or Orange accents, and the special seats are embroidered with the nameplate and contrast-stitched quilting. The same look appears on the door panels, while the air-vent adjusters also feature the number 12.
Only 120 Speed Edition 12s will be built for each model line, and owners will also receive an aluminum 15 percent scale model of a Bentley W-12 engine block. Bentley didn't specify how much extra the Edition 12 versions will cost over the standard Speed models, but if you have to ask, you'll probably find yourself escorted out of the Bentley dealership by security.
The Bentayga Speed will set you back at least $267,325, the Continental GT Speed starts at $291,225, and the Flying Spur Speed opens at $261,425.
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