WATCH: Bentley Continental GT Speed stars in ‘Continental Drift’ short film

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Bentley’s grand tourer pulls off decent stunts as its stars in the British automotive marque’s latest short film, Continental Drift.

The video, filmed by award-winning automotive filmmaker David Hale, and was shot and captured at an abandoned NATO airbase in Sicily, was released on Bentley’s official YouTube channel. You can watch it here.

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“After the team discovered Comiso Air Station for the launch of the GT Speed, and we’d agreed to create a gymkhana-style course there, the next step was to design a film unlike anything we’d shot before. Sliding a metallic yellow Bentley around an abandoned airbase is certainly an experience, and new territory for us, but the result shows just how dynamic the best Grand Tourer in the world has become,” commented Bentley Head of Product Communications Mike Sayer.

We’re not sure what Keiichi Tsuchiya would have to say about Bentley’s take on drifting but what the luxury automotive brand wants to show in this film is the scope of performance of Bentley’s pinnacle GT — which apparently includes drifting.

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Bentley says that “precise drifting” is made possible thanks to the vehicle’s suite of chassis technology.

The Continental GT Speed features an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) that provides increased lateral capacity, improved longitudinal stability, enhanced on-throttle adjustability, and delivers better traction in adverse road conditions.

According to Bentley, the eLSD was specifically tuned hand-in-hand with the traction control and active chassis systems.

In addition, a new electronic all-wheel steering enhances the dynamic nature of the Continental GT Speed. Bentley said that at low and medium speeds, the electronic all-wheel steering causes the rear wheels to steer in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, it steers in the same direction as the front, at high speeds, to improve stability.

Bentley also says that they equipped the stately — now sporty — grand tourer with a new electronic stability control (ESC) system. This technology provides reassuring stability over uneven surfaces, abnormal cambers, or inclement weather conditions.

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The aforementioned chassis technologies harness the Continental GT Speed’s W12 engine which produces 626 horses and 900Nm of torque.

Photos from Bentley

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