Bentley reveals the Continental GT3-R {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

4 Jul 2016

Bentley has unveiled a new hardcore variant of their Continental range ahead of the public reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, called the GT3-R. Aimed to be an homage to their highly successful GT3 race car, the GT3-R is not only the most extreme, but the most focused car Bentley has ever produced.

Power comes from a more highly tuned version of the GT V8’s 4.0 litre twin turbo V8, now producing 572 bhp and 516 lb/ft of torque. Having been on a bit of a carbon diet, the GT3-R weighs 100 kg less than the GT V8 which means the 0 – 62 mph dash is dealt with in just 3.6 seconds. Many thought the GT3 racer-inspired version would ditch the 4WD system in favour of RWD as the race car does, but sadly this isn’t the case. The GT3-R puts all that power through a retuned 8-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels. But the good news is that the new variant features revamped stability control and torque vectoring for the first time on a Bentley, which allows the torque to be split unequally between the rear wheels which allows for a more aggressive turn-in.

Visually this is certainly the least traditional looking Bentley yet. Outside there’s a large carbon fibre front splitter, carbon bonnet vents, larger side sills and a fixed carbon fibre rear wing along with a new design of lightweight 21” alloy wheels. There’s only one paint option of Glacier White with two tone green and black graphics and all the trim is gloss black. Inside the GT3-R has lost the rear seats in weight saving measures and there is lots of quilted leather, alcantara and exposed carbon fibre trim.

The GT3-R is limited to only 300 examples and goes on sale later this year. The price will be confirmed at Goodwood.