With the recent rumors of its release for the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week, the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed has officially been confirmed for production by Bentley Motors. But don’t think you can simply toss up side-by-side photos of the new car and the stock GT to find any significant aesthetic differences. Other than a shorter ride height, the two are practically twins.

But underneath the hood is where the goods are. Okay, so the Continental GT with the W12 engine (or the V8, for that matter) is plenty quick, but the GT Speed qualifies as Crewe, England carmaker’s fastest model to date. The 6.0 liter W12 engine throws out 616 horsepower and 590 lb ft of torque in bespoke British fashion, with impressive claimed performance numbers — from a standstill to 60 mph in 4 seconds and a top speed 5 mph north of 200. Other upgrades, you ask? Don’t get greedy. Just know that Bentley kindly added in more responsive steering, darkened cross-wire grille, lowered suspension components, dropped air intakes and lovely rifled exhaust pipes to sing the W12’s praises. The interior gets the full treatment with the exclusive Mulliner Driving Specification, just so you know you’re not driving in squalor. Price yet to be announced, but it will certainly command more than a pittance when it becomes available this October.

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