Bentley has unleashed a street-legal two-seater car, inspired by the new
Continental GT3 race car. Limited to just 300 examples for guaranteed
exclusivity, the Continental GT3-R is the rarest member of the Continental
family of Grand Tourers.
Bentley engineers have developed a retuned version of Bentley's race-proven, high performance 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 for this new two-seater GT. It develops 572 hp (426 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
Although the Bentley Continental GT3-R is still a very heavy car at 4839 lb (2195 kg), the engineers at Bentley have managed to shave off 220 lb (100 kg) of weight, making the Continental GT3-R the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever. Capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds, the GT3-R is a Grand Tourer with the performance of a racer.
Complementing the revised powertrain is a further development of Bentley's all-wheel drive system, which now features torque vectoring for the first time. Together with modified Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a chassis tune optimized for outright cornering ability, the Continental GT3-R is the most dynamic, responsive and involving Bentley road car ever.
Purchase of the car also includes free standard servicing for four years (at the 10,000, 20,000 and 30,000 mile marks).
Order books for the Continental GT3-R are open now, with deliveries to start late in 2014.
Dramatic Exterior Design
For the exterior of the GT3-R, Bentley's Design team was tasked with creating a more purposeful stance than ever before. A new front splitter provides an assertive look to the front of the car, balanced by a new fixed rear wing fitted to the boot lid - both finished in exquisite carbon fiber. The bonnet incorporates two vents to improve the cooling capacity of the powertrain system for repeated accelerations while also invoking the shape of the Continental GT3 racer in a styling element where form follows function.
The gloss carbon fiber contrasts with the Glacier White paint that all 300 cars will be finished in, and the inspiration of the Continental GT3 race car is highlighted by the use of two-tone green graphics that trace the two power lines to the side profile of the car - one leading backwards from the front wheel, the other tracing the shape of the Continental GT's iconic rear haunch.
Further inspiration from the Continental GT3 is reflected in the finishing touches to the exterior - the headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips - all finished in stylish gloss black.
The visual appeal of the Continental GT3-R is completed by an all-new lightweight 21-inch wheel, machine-forged from high-strength alloy and finished in gloss black.