After much speculation in the automotive news about a faster version of the Continental, today Bentley has announced Continental GT3-R. The car was inspired by the Bentley Continental GT3 race car and it’s victory at Silverstone in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
Like the race car, the GT3-R is built around the Continental GT’s 4.0l twin-turbo V8 engine. This time Bentley has worked on the computer mapping and the turbochargers to create the most power iteration of the 4.0l yet. Even more powerful than the Continental GT V8 S, the GT3-R’s 4.0l V8 puts out 572 bhp @ 6,000 rpm and 516 lb ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm.
You may be surprised that the car doesn’t utilize the W12 twin-turbo like the first generation Continental’s Supersports. For this performance focused model, Bentley was focused on overall handling. This meant focusing on not just horsepower, but the car’s weight also.
Speaking of saving weight, by utilizing materials like carbon fiber and titanium, Bentley was able to lower the car’s weight by 220 lbs. A lightweight titanium exhaust system gives the car a deeper bass sound while saving weight. Stopping power is provided by carbon ceramic brakes with eight piston calipers.
Inside the GT3-R, Bentley has maintained the level of luxury you’d expect from one of their cars, while saving weight by eliminating the back seat and using materials like Alcantara and carbon fiber. Even the glass was thinned out to save weight.
Most important, not just for this car but for future sporting Bentleys, Bentley Motors has for the first time, included torque vectoring. Torque vectoring applies power individual wheels in a way that increases the responsiveness of an all wheel drive car. Combined with a Continental’s modified Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a chassis tune, these things add up to the most responsive Bentley road car ever.
Production of the GT3-R is limited to 300. 99 sequentially numbered copies will come to the U.S. The rest of the world will receive theirs with tread plates that say “One of 300.” There aren’t many options available for the car other than specifying whether or not you want the exterior graphics. At the outset, Bentley said that every car would be Glacier White with a Beluga interior with green secondary hide. As the GT3-R approached production, Bentley would change their mind on this and allow certain approved color changes, though no other exceptions were allowed.
In a slight departure from Bentley’s usual focus on absolute top speed and the 200 mph club, the GT3-R has a top speed of only 170mph (which was later disproven! See: Bentley Continental GT3-R Top Speed) This was due to the car’s lower rear gear ratio which helps it accelerate so quickly. (Read about how the car became the quickest Bentley ever.) Since it’s very difficult to find a place to drive 200 mph, we’ll take the quicker acceleration every time.
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