Bentley to present Continental GT3-R at 2014 Pebble Beach
Bentley will debut its Continental GT3-R vehicle at the upcoming 2014 Pebble Beach event, which will be the car's North American debut. Bentley says that the Continental GT3-R is the most dynamic and fastest-accelerating Bentley ever produced. Continental GT3-R will be a hand-built car and only 300 of it will be built with 99 of them to be sold in the United States and four in Canada.
Christophe Georges, President and CEO, Bentley Motors, Inc. comments: "Pebble Beach is the perfect location for the debut of the rarest and most dynamic Continental GT, the GT3-R. It is a testament to the Bentley trademarks of luxury and performance and we're excited to share it with the friends of Bentley during this gathering of fine automobiles."
All the power inside the Continental GT3-R comes thanks to the installed road and race proven 4.0-liter V8 engine. This is a retuned version of the 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine used in the new two-seater Bentley GT. The engine delivers 572 bhp (580 horsepower/426 kW) and 516 lb.-ft. (700 Nm) of torque and makes the Continental GT3-R the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever. The car is now able to reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 3.6 seconds and all this is done with an engine that is 220 lb (100 kg) lighter than before.
On the outside the car will offer a Glacier White exterior with two-tone graphics that trace the two prominent power lines to the side profile of the car. A new front splitter provides an assertive look to the front of the car, balanced by a new fixed rear wing fitted to the boot lid – both finished in carbon fiber. Additional unique exterior features adding to the sporting design include gloss black headlamp bezels, matrix grille, window surrounds and bumper strips. The look is complemented by an all-new lightweight 21" wheel finished in gloss black. The theme continues under the bonnet where the 4.0-litre V8 receives a unique GT3-R carbon fiber cover.
On the inside the GT3-R offers a two-seat configuration of new bespoke sporting seats, finished with Beluga black leather with diamond-quilted Alcantara. A unique trimmed rear cabin is in the place of the rear seats, complete with a carbon fiber surround and finished in leather and Alcantara. Unique GT3-R badging adorns the center console and passenger fascia panel, while headrests receive stitched logos in contrast green thread. All 99 models bound for the US will receive sequentially numbered GT3-R sill treadplates identifying the car's one-of-a-kind status.
The new Bentley Continental GT3-R will sell for USD 337,000 and if you want one you can order it now at a Bentley dealer near you. For the Americas region deliveries will start in Q1 2015.