Besides the forthcoming Bentley Continental GT Hybrid, it appears that the Crewe-based automaker is conducting road tests for the hotter Continental GT Speed, which will succeed its predecessor that was launched in 2012.

This test mule that was caught by our spy photographers might just be the actual car, considering that all of its exterior chrome highlights have been finished in gloss black. While it’s not a typical trait of a Speed, but remember, Bentley did launch the swanky Black Edition model in 2016. Also, the two extra coolers nestled behind the lower grille definitely point towards an increase in performance.

The standard Continental GT comes with a 6.0 litre direct-injected W12 engine that produces 626 hp at 6,000 rpm and a tree-pulling 900 Nm of torque from 1,350 rpm to 4,500 rpm. That’s good for a century sprint time of 3.7 seconds and a ridiculous top speed of 333 km/h. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and active all-wheel drive with torque vectoring via braking is standard.

That said, expect the GT Speed to punch around the vicinity of 650 hp to 670 hp, and possibly close to 1,000 Nm of torque. Comparatively, the outgoing GT Speed Black Edition made 642 PS and 840 Nm of torque, and takes 4.1 seconds to sprint from zero to 100 km/h.

Other upgrades to be expected with the new Continental GT Speed include chassis tweaks, stiffer suspension and Speed-specific styling. The cabin too, will receive the requisite updates. No launch date has been mooted yet, but it will likely make its debut next year as a 2020 model.