Bentley will debut a new race-inspired Continental GT3-R at Goodwood – and has already stirred up the anticipation by opening order books for the limited-edition model.
The GT3-R is hailed by the manufacturer as "the most dynamic Bentley road car ever", with the quickest acceleration and a clear performance focus. It's based on the design and luxurious finish of the Continental, and now has a two-seat arrangement, a front splitter and bonnet venting. One stunning paintwork shade – Glacier White – is set off beautifully by the gloss black accents and two-tone green side graphics.
The front sports seats have a new style, incorporating bigger side bolsters and new foam cores alongside Beluga black leather and diamond-quilted Alcantara trims. Extensive use of carbon fibre lends greater elegance to the centre console and fascia panels, where special GT3-R badging also appears.
Exceptional power will be delivered by the sporty Continental's awe-inspiring 572bhp V8 engine. The car's 0-60mph time is anticipated to be less than four seconds, an incredible figure supported by the seamless operation of the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. A lightweight, all-new titanium exhaust system creates a “unique baritone roar" that's been acoustically tuned – as well as a weight saving of 7kg.
Only 300 Bentley Continental GT3-R cars will be produced, so hurry to Charles Hurst Bentley in Belfast and register your interest.