Bentley Continental GT3-R for the road is here - packs 572bhp from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8

We saw a mystery Bentley Continental GT V8 prototype testing on the Nürburgring back in April.

We were quite sure it is a new more hardcore V8 model and looks like we were right. Here it is, the Continental GT3-R, inspired by the new Continental GT3 race car.

Limited to just 300 examples, the Continental GT3-R is powered by a high performance 572bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 700Nm of torque. That’s 51 extra horsepower compared to the V8 S model.

The two-seater GT also has received a 100 kg weight reduction and shorter gearing, enabling it to accerate from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds.

The all-wheel drive system features torque vectoring for the first time, and together with modified Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and tuned chassis, the Continental GT3‑R is the most dynamic, responsive and involving Bentley road car ever.

Other highlights include an all-new titanium exhaust with a unique roar, while also saving 7kg, lightweight forged 21-inch wheels fitted with Pirelli tyres and Carbon Silicon Carbide (CSiC) braking system.

Production will be limited to just 300 cars, each one wearing Glacier White paint with green accents.

Pricing details were not released, but the order books are open now, with first deliveries to start late in 2014.


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