The Bentley Continental GT Speed is the fastest production Bentley car and the Mulliner division of the British-based automaker has revealed a limited edition model for the vehicle, inspired by the Breitling Jets.
The Breitling Jet Team is the world’s largest professional civilian flight team performing in jets and is supported by the Swiss watch manufacturer, Breitling. The France-based team takes part in around 50 aerobatic events every year and will be touring the United States and Canada this summer. The Breitling Jet Team has seven L-39C Albatros Jets that can reach speeds of 700km/h during stunts.
Only seven models of the Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series will be produced and each of them will be influenced by one of the seven Breitling Jets. The car will be publicly unveiled at the Boeing Seafair Air Show being held in Seattle, United States – where the Breitling Jet Team will be performing. The event starts on Friday, 31 July 2015.
Bentley promises that the limited edition Continental GT Speed reflects the “distinctive look of the Breitling Jets”. The exterior has been painted in Hallmark and Onyx colour-combination, with yellow detailing on the front, rear and sides of the car. This gives Bentley the trademark look of the L-39 Albatros Jets.
The interiors have the same bespoke theme color, the carbon-fibre fascia panel on the dashboard will display an image of the seven jets in Avenger flight formation. In addition, the jet that corresponds to the particular car will be highlighted in Breitling Yellow. Each car will have a unique number that will be visible on the headrests and the tread plate plaques.
The owner of every car will be handed over the key by the pilot of the plane that inspired the vehicle as well as a flight experience in that same jet.
“The Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series demonstrates the level of customisation Mulliner can achieve for customers,” Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner, said.
“Creating this very special edition has been an exciting experience for the entire team, taking inspiration from the Breitling Jet Team’s grand tour.”
The Bentley Continental GT Speed is powered by a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine which churns out 626 hp and 820Nm of torque. The car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and has a top-speed of 331 km/h. An eight-speed automatic transmission transfers the power to all the wheels of the car. Sales of the Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series will commence in the end of July.
BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SPEED BREITLING JET TEAM SERIES LIMITED EDITION
JUN 30, 2015
Seven limited edition Continental GT Speeds inspired by famed jets
Handcrafted models take Mulliner customisation to new heights
Continental GT Speed is fastest production Bentley ever
Models to debut at Boeing Seafair Airshow, Seattle, July 31
(Crewe, 30 June 2015) Bentley is taking its fusion of luxury and performance to new extremes with the launch of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series. This exclusive series is limited to just seven cars, each inspired by one of the seven Breitling Jets.
Renowned for their precision, speed and daring, this summer the Breitling Jet Team will be performing across the United States and Canada in a grand tour of epic proportions. To commemorate this spectacle, Bentley’s Mulliner division has re-imagined the Continental GT Speed to mirror the distinctive look of the Breitling Jets, fusing extreme customisation with immense speed.
The exterior is painted in a striking duo-tone split of Hallmark and Onyx with highlights colour matched to the exact Pantone of Breitling’s unique Yellow, reflecting the trademark look of the L-39 Albatros Jets.
This bespoke colour theme is continued on the interior, with unique sculpted seats featuring accents in Breitling Yellow.
Taking customisation to new heights, each car is individually numbered and corresponds to one of the seven Breitling Jets. The dashboard’s carbon fibre fascia panel displays an image of the seven planes in their signature Avenger flight formation, with the corresponding jet highlighted in Breitling Yellow.
Similarly, Mulliner has matched the hide and thread to Breitling’s signature yellow and designed a series of logos and graphics for the headrests that highlight the number of each car and the jet that inspired it. The tread plate plaques are also individually numbered.
The series will debut at the Boeing Seafair Airshow on 31st July in Seattle, where the Breitling Jet Team is performing. The key for each car will be handed over to its owner by the corresponding plane’s pilot, but not until they have experienced a flight in the jet that inspired their car.
Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner, said: “The Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series demonstrates the level of customisation Mulliner can achieve for customers. Creating this very special edition has been an exciting experience for the entire team, taking inspiration from the Breitling Jet Team’s grand tour.”
Mulliner – Rare by Design
Mulliner exists to respond to the requirements of Bentley’s most discerning customers. The specialist division’s Limited Editions reflect carefully chosen and inspirational themes. Individually these might have special significance for customers in specific markets, but what they all share is the highest standards of Mulliner craftsmanship – taking the concept of Bentley luxury and pushing it even further.
Mulliner Limited Editions are rare by design and, as a result, they all have the potential to become instant classics, desired by many but driven only by a fortunate few.
More information about Mulliner can be found at www.bentleymotors.com.
Breitling Jet Team
The Breitling Jet Team, supported by the independent Swiss watch company Breitling, is the world’s largest professional civilian flight team performing in jets. The team is comprised of seven L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph and fly within just a few feet of each other.
Widely recognized for their precision and seamless coordination displayed throughout high-speed aerobatic performances, the France-based team brings their unmatched flying to North America for the first time, mirroring the quality and precision of a Breitling timepiece.