Bentley has a rich motorsports history. They’ve won Le Mans, and their current Continental GT3 is one of the most wonderfully ridiculous race cars out there. The modern Bentley is about luxurious speed, their machines are heavy powerful beasts that are the perfect option for the rich to pound around in style comfort and spectacular luxury. They are far from the last word in speed and yet the Continental GT3 is one of my favorite GT3 cars. By all rites it shouldn’t be competitive, but it is. It has been a huge success and Bentley is already looking to its successor.
“Eventually there will be a new [Continental] GT, so as the cycle goes, there will be a new Continental GT3 race car,” Bentley Motorsport Director Brian Gush told Sportscar365. “There is a timeframe and no I can’t tell you!”
The brand new Continental will be based on the Porsche Panamera has already been caught testing at the Nurburgring. Consumers will have their choice of 2 engine options, the venerable 4.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 (likely to continue under the hood of the new GT3) and 6.0 liter V12. Couple that with a rumored 300 pound reduction in weight and the new Conti should be a very capable road car.
Bentley’s motorsports program is more than a marketing exercise. Bentley has taken the lessons learned in weight reduction and weight distribution and applied them to their new road car. However the biggest take away has been the overall approach to car design. Bentley is serious about motorsport and the trickle down effect into its road cars.