Branching out in the performance variant niche, Bentley’s newest trim level, S, is poised to compliment the Speed range, offering a bit of dashy flash in place of a full-on V12-outfitted performance, a priced-down sport look that gives drivers who don’t want the full monty a bit more presence on the road.
The convertible and hard-top Continental GT S will come with a dose of auditory salience when they stomp on the gas — a theatrical exhaust soundtrack is an essential element of the S suite — as well as a cosmetics package that includes glossy black and black chrome exterior accents. Inside the cabin of a Continental S, a two-tone upholstery option in leather and Dinamica suede draws the eye. Badging outside and in identifies S-option cars clearly.
The hardware changes aren’t as extensive as the cosmetics elements in the S trim, but the Continental S cars will come with the anti-roll system we noted on the new Azure trim. They also come with 22-inch wheels; black or pale satin finish allows the red calipers to stand out. Buyers of Continental GT and GTC S models will be able to option tri-spoke 21-inch wheels as well. As to the eight-cylinder engine, its output and its abilities are unchanged: 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, and 0-62 in 4 seconds.
Bentley hasn’t announced pricing for the Continental GT S and Continental GTC S at this time.