Quickest Bentley debuts

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bentley-gt320140916BENTLEY has chosen the ritzy Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in which to debut its new Continental GT3-R, billed as the “most dynamic and fastest- accelerating” car ever to wear the Bentley wings badge.

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Inspired by Bentley’s race-winning Continental GT3 race car, the GT3-R is powered by the corporate 4.0-liter, twin turbo V8 engine that makes 572hp and 699Nm of torque. In GT3-R trim the car loses 100kg. Along with shorter gearing, this lets the car sprint from rest to 100kph in only 3.6 seconds. Bentley said the GT3-R is a true Grand Tourer with the performance of a racecar.

Hand-built in Crewe, England, the car is finished at Bentley’s motor sport department. It is limited to only 300 examples globally, 99 of which are bound for the US market with four more destined for the Canadian market.

All GT3-Rs will be painted Glacier White with two-tone green graphics that trace the two prominent power lines on the side of the car. A new front splitter is balanced by a fixed rear wing fitted to the boot lid, both of which are carbon-fiber. The car’s headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips are finished in gloss black, as are the new, lightweight 21-inch wheels.

The theme continues under the hood, where the engine is covered by a carbon-fiber panel.

Inside, the two bespoke seats are wrapped in Beluga black leather with diamond-quilted Alcantara. These are contrasted by vivid green accents, including those on the instrument panel and door trim. GT3-R badges adorn the center console and passenger fascia panel while headrests receive stitched logos in contrasting green thread.

Obviously, the quickest Bentley ever looks as racy, too.

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