Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke was recently dishing on the possibility of future high performance versions of the Continental GT. Speaking with Autocar, Donckerwolke said there is a possibility of a more extreme, rear wheel drive version of the Continental GT3-R. “Why not?” he said, “as the GT3-R has been a success. We’ve sold all 300 and a lot of people would want an even more extreme one.”
“Why not?…the GT3-R has been a success. We’ve sold all 300 and a lot of people would want an even more extreme one,” Luc Donckerwolke
The Continental GT3-R was only recently announced by Bentley to commemorate their first win in GT racing by the Continental GT3 race car. The car is a lighter, more powerful version of the standard 4.0l V8 Continental GT and is only available in white with green accents. Production is limited to 300 cars and all have been spoken for by Bentley’s customers, demonstrating the demand for an even hotter than standard GT.
With the Supersports model ending with the end of production of the first generation car, many of Bentley’s performance enthusiast customers have been waiting for something that they can claim as “most powerful Continental you can buy.” So if the new GT Speed isn’t powerful enough for you, sit tight, as an even more powerful Continental GT could be on the horizon.
“I want us to celebrate our race success and have an even more extreme version, with not only an updated drive and powertrain but also new styling to closely link the race and road cars.” Donckerwolke also said that such a model would help bring younger buyers to Bentley: “There’s a big opportunity to make more emotional cars in Bentley’s future for younger people. We did it in the past and we can do it again.”