Bentley has revealed details of the new Continental GT3-R, a special edition model inspired by the new Continental GT3 race car that achieved victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone, the first UK race for Bentley for 84 years.
Limited to just 300 examples, the GT3-R will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in Bentley’s Motorsport division.
Bentley engineers have developed a retuned version of Bentley’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for this new two-seater GT. Developing 572 bhp and 700 Nm of torque, together with a 100 kg weight reduction and shorter gearing, the GT3-R is the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever; that car is capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in a claimed 3.6 seconds.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, while an all-new titanium exhaust provides a weight saving of 7 kg.
A further development includes the all-wheel drive system being fitted with torque vectoring for the first time. The revised powertrain also gets modified electronic stability control.
For the exterior of the GT3-R, Bentley’s design team have added a new front splitter as well as a new fixed rear wing fitted to the boot lid – both finished in carbon-fibre. The bonnet also incorporates two vents for improved cooling capacity.
The gloss carbon-fibre 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 on the car’s side profile.
Further visual cues borrowed from the Continental GT3 include the gloss black headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips.
The look is completed by an all-new 21” alloy wheel design, machine-forged and finished in gloss black.