We haven’t even seen the all-new Continental – save for the apparitions on the red carpet – yet on the street and already it has a sibling, the all-new track-only competition machine for the GT3 specification.
Taking a posh grand tourer and turning it into a menacing circuit-ready racer is not something you treat lightly – though that’s exactly what the British luxury manufacturer did, making the new Continental GT3 around 2,000 pounds lighter than the road car. In addition, gone are the soft and gentle curves good for the Monaco yacht, and welcome the race cues that are good for the Monaco F1 weekend. The aerodynamic pack includes a huge carbon fiber splitter up front and a massive rear wing at the back, along with new vented front fenders and a diffuser most likely visible from the marina – elements that distinguish the GT3 from its regular Crewe counterpart.
The road-going Continental GT is using a biturbo W12 6.0-liter engine packing 626 horsepower, but the sporty brother has opted for an engine swap in the form of an evolution of the 4.0-liter V8 now packing a new dry sump, intake, and exhaust. Also nicely fitted with a couple of turbos, the engine also gains a Cosworth management system and is good for more than 550 horsepower without any restrictions. All that power is being restrained with the new, specifically developed brakes and the retuned suspension. Bentley Motorsport made the GT3 lighter by using carbon fiber body panels, stripping out the interior and returning with a gross weight of a mere 2,866 lbs (1,300 kg), which is an incredible diet of no less than 2,081 lbs (944 kg).