Bentley has brought their new Continental GT3-R to Pebble Beach, commemorating the success of the recent Continental GT3 racing car. The GT3-R’s design was inspired by its racing counterpart, and will be the fastest accelerating Bentley ever built.
Only 300 examples of the Continental GT3-R will be sold, each one hand-built by Bentley’s craftsmen and motorsports division. Of the 300, just 99 units will be destined for the U.S. market, making it also one of the rarest Bentleys available today.
All examples of the Bentley Continental GT3-R will feature the same exterior design, painted in white with green graphics. A carbon fiber front splitter and rear wing will give the car downforce and stability at speed, emulating the aerodynamics of the GT3 car. Other details like the 21 inch wheels and the front grille will be painted in gloss black.
Under the hood of the GT3-R will be a 4 liter, twin turbocharged V8 producing 572 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Paired with shorter gearing and 220 lbs of weight loss, the GT3-R will vault from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating Bentley ever.
A Bentley would be nothing without comfort, and the GT3-R is no different. According to Bentley, the car is a GT cruiser with the performance of a race car, and the luxuriously appointed interior suggests the same. The new seat design features a mix of fine leather and diamond-stitched Alcantara. In the name of weight savings, the rear seats have been removed. Like the outside, green contrasts highlight the features of the GT3-R. Each of the 99 units coming to the U.S. will come with a numbered plaque to identify the car.
The Continental GT3-R will make its way around the different events around Monterey. Throughout the week, Bentley’s model lineup will be at their temporary setup in Pebble Beach. At The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the GT3-R will be shown with the GT3 race car. On Saturday, Dyson Racing will show their GT3 car in front of crowds at the Monterey Historic races at Laguna Seca; the weekend will end on Sunday with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the pair of GT3s will make yet another appearance.
Bentley has already started to take orders on the Continental GT3-R, and will undoubtedly sell more before the end of the weekend. Priced at $337,000, the GT3-R will cost almost twice as much as the standard Continental GT, even priced above the flagship Mulsanne sedan. Deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2015.
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