Say hello to the 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series Limited Edition. Yes, that mouthful really is the entire name of Bentley’s new model inspired by the famed seven-aircraft Breitling Jet Team, the world’s largest professional civilian flight team. The France-based 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.
Bentley is producing seven of these beauties, with looks to match each of the seven Albatros jets. The exterior gets a duo-tone Hallmark and Onyx paint combo and highlights come in the exact Pantone shade of Breitling’s Yellow. Each car receives a number corresponding to one of the seven jets it represents.
Inside, the jet inspiration really comes through thanks to Bentley’s exclusive Mulliner design and styling division, which works its handcrafted magic on Bentley’s exclusive offerings. A carbon fiber fascia panel dashboard features an image of the seven jets in their signature Avenger flight formation on it. The interior also features Breitling Yellow as accents with the yellow being further used in the hide and thread as well as in a series of specially designed logos and graphics featured on the headrests. The car’s unique number is also emblazoned on the headrest in the special yellow. The tread plate plaques are also individually numbered.
“The Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series demonstrates the level of customization 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,” says Geoff Dowding, Director of Mulliner.
Fittingly, the Continental GT Speed is the fastest – dare we say jet fast? – production Bentley ever made. The fast Continental GT Speed offers either a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 4.0-liter V-8 with 521 horsepower engine or a 48-valve 6.0-liter W-12 with 626 horsepower engine. It has an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode and does zero to 60 in 4.3 and 4.0 seconds respectively.
The limited edition will make its public debut at the Boeing Seafair Air Show in Seattle on July 31st where the Breitling Jet Team will make it first U.S. appearance. It’s also where the owners will get the keys. First though, they’ll actually get to ride in the jet counterpart of their new cars. After the flight, the pilot will personally hand them the keys at touchdown.