Although Bentley is mostly associated with wealth and luxury, this British marquee does have an interest in motorsports. Evident through their extreme Continental GT3 race car, Bentley has recently unveiled their most extreme road car ever, the Continental GT3-R.
Inspired by the GT3 race car, this road-legal version has only two seats and weighs 100kg less than the GT V8 S. Under the hood of this GT3-R is a race-proven twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that pushes out 572-horsepower and 700Nm of torque. With the weight reduction and short gearing, the GT3-R is the fastest accelerating Bentley ever where zerotohundred is dealt in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 273km/h.
The V8 engine is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, sending the power to all four wheels. The all-wheel drive system features torque vectoring, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and a chassis optimized for cornering ability, making it “the most dynamic, responsive, and involving Bentley road car ever”.
On the outside, the Continental GT3-R features a new carbon fiber splitter and a fixed rear wing, bonnet vents, 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels, a Glacier White paint job as well as a two-tone green graphics. The headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips are all finished in gloss black.
Luxury is not neglected for this extreme model as the two-seat cabin is bathed in carbon fiber, Alcantara and leather. Coating the sports seats are Beluga black leather, and the center console plus the fascia panels are handcrafted in carbon fiber.
The Bentley Continental GT3-R will be showcased at the upcoming 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed and they had already started taking orders for the 300 units produced.