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FrontRunners: British Wide Open

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In 1923, Walter Owen Bentley, founder of the car company that bears his name, determined that driving enthusiasts wanted a more potent version of the standard 3-liter Bentley. Thus were born the Bentley Speed models, 4-cylinder vehicles that reached the then extraordinary velocity of 90 mph. More recently, the firm concluded that drivers wanted a faster Continental GT, so now we have the Bentley Continental GT Speed (www.bentleymotors.com). With 15 percent more torque and 9 percent more horsepower than the standard Continental GT, the GT Speed reaches 202 mph, making it the first Bentley production car to exceed the 200 mph barrier. First deliveries are expected in December, at a price, the firm says, of no more than $200,000.

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