If you want to be publicly humiliated, tell Bentley they can’t do something. That was the case back in 2014, when a few bored auto journalists kept poking Bentley about the capabilities of the Continental. The factory workers were tired of the ridicule, so they rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Taking inspiration from the Continental GT3 racing program, weight was their first priority. Losing the rear seats saved an acre of leather, and it makes for a nice storage area for shopping.
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Carbon fiber replaced steel and aluminum in several areas, and the stainless exhaust was swapped for titanium. What emerged from the assembly line was an all-wheel-drive twin-turbo V8 that is 220 lbs lighter than any other Continental GT before or since.
It was the first Bentley to reach 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, with the abilities to outperform track cars in opulent luxury. The differentials are loaded with shorter gears to get moving, and 16.5″ carbon ceramic brakes will stop with a vengeance. Forged 21″ wheels are covered in Pirelli racing rubber, and the stability system was relaxed to give them more freedom.
Only 99 examples were built for the US, and #85 is now up for sale. While all other Bentleys are made to waltz, this car has moves that will offend the aristocracy. It deserves to be part of your collection, providing you allow for an occasional spirited drifting session. With only 373 miles, it needs a proper break in, so Rusnak Auto Group for more details. Stay with us for world’s best Bentleys.
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