Bentley design chief wants a hotter version of the Continental GT3-R with RWD

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 27, 2014

Back in June at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley introduced the Continental GT3-R, a new model inspired by the Continental GT3 race car. It appears that this limited edition model was a success as Bentley sold all the 300 units that will be hand-built in Crewe and finished in its motorsport division.

Although it was revealed as a range-topping performance version of the Continental, Bentley’s design chief Luc Donckerwolke says that a rear-wheel-drive version of this model is possible and customers are already asking for an even more extreme one.

Donckerwolke said that he wants to celebrate Bentley’s race success and build an even more extreme version of the Continental GT, not only with an updated powertrain but also with a new styling that will closely link the race and road cars.

In addition, Donckerwolke believes that a RWD version of the Continental GT will bring younger buyers to the brand. For those who don’t know, the Continental GT3-R is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 580 hp (426 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 1,700 rpm.

The engine is bolted to a 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with a shorter output gearing that delivers the power to a renowed all-wheel drive system. As a result, the Continental GT3-R is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds.

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