Bentley has announced it will make 300 special edition Continental GT’s, dubbed the Continental GT3-R, the luxury grand tourer has shed pounds and gained performance enhancements in order to create a tack-able luxury coupe. Performance enhancements come in the way of a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine tuned to produce 570 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque that help to push the 4,839 lb car to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on to a top speed of 170 mph. Bentley fitted the GT3-R with carbon silicon carbide brake discs and gargantuan 8 piston calibers. Additionally, the Conti comes with a titanium exhaust, a re-tuned suspension from the Continental GT V8S, and a closer gearing ratio of the 8 speed ZF automatic transmission.
The grand tourer also receives a carbon fiber front splitter, fixed rear spoiler, and vented hood designed to improve airflow and give the car a racier look. Pirelli 275 section tires are fitted to all four corners, and like all other Continentals, a four-wheel drive system ensures the car has enough stick even in wet conditions. This special model receives torque vectoring, a first for a Continental.
In a bid for exclusivity, only 300 models of the Bentley Continental GT3-R will be produced. All of them will be finished in Glacier White paint – a reference to the Continental GT3 race car. Additionally, the GT3-R will come with racing green side stripes, and an interior finished in alcantara, carbon fiber and green dyed leather. The rear seats found in other Continental models were removed in an effort to save weight. In the place of small rear seats is a luggage shelf finished in alcantara and leather quilting.
Bentley’s press release is carful to call the Continental Gt3-R a grand tourer. Despite it’s name, Bentley does not seem to be going after track specials like the Porsche 991 GT3, the Mercedes-Benz SLS Black or the Ferrari 468 Speciale. This strategy makes sense considering that the Bentley weights about 1,600 lbs more than the Porsche, Mercedes or Ferrari. Instead, Bentley is offering an exclusive luxury model to clients with discerning taste. While this special edition Continental isn’t the track monster that the GT3-R moniker might indicate, it will undoubtedly be one capable car, perfect for a challenging stretch of pavement.
Bentley is currently accepting orders for the Continental GT3-R, the company says delivery will begin later this year.