If you remove the non-essential luxuries, is it still a Bentley? Of course it is – Bentley performance is fully infused into every fiber of construction. That’s why they decided to take the Continental GT on to the track and into the racing circuit back in 2013.
To commemorate Bentley’s return to motorsports, 300 Continental V8 S models are being modified into the GT3-R. Losing cabin insulation and adding carbon-ceramic brakes managed to shed 100 kg, approx. 202.5 pounds, from its weight. Titanium replaces stainless steel in the exhausts, and the rear seats are nowhere to be found.
The ride height has been chopped for better cornering, and also made for better looks. The differential ratio has been shortened and the AWD system now has a 60/40 split in favor of the rear. Both of these help the GT3-R reach 60 mph from a standstill in only 3.6 seconds. The 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 now makes 572 hp and 516 lb-ft, which is more than the W12 powered GT was capable of just a few years ago.
If you demand that your luxury coupe be capable of hot laps at the world’s most punishing tracks, the hottest Bentley yet is now arriving in the US. Below are the latest listings for this instant collectible. For more Bentley news, stay tuned to Autofluence.
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
West Palm Beach, Florida
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