2017 Bentley Continental 24 Special Edition is priced at $280,600 (before options)

Article by Christian A., on May 30, 2017

Bentley Motorsport has hit the headlines with the announcement of its entry into the 2017 Nurburgring 24 hour race. At the same time, it revealed a new, bespoke, limited edition Continental that will be joining the race – it’s dubbed as the Continental 24.

The GT3 will be participating at the endurance ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race on the Nurburgring, along with two other cars from Bentley Team ABT - all three cars will be running on Yokohama tires. To celebrate this milestone, the Continental 24 was built. We are aware that an all-new Bentley Continental GT is coming very soon, but today, all the attention is on the Continental 24. The Supersports ranger topper is dressed in a Monaco Yellow and Black Crystal combination inspired by the company’s own track-only GT3.

The model is created exclusively for the European market. If the yellow and black colour combination is not your style, you can choose the St James’ Red and Black Crystal finish, or a simpler single-tone paint scheme as an option. The limited edition model will be equipped with a set of 21-inch alloy wheels with either yellow or red accents, depending on the body’s finish. To give it some exterior accents, there will be carbon fiber door mirror caps, black body accents, and brake calipers all in a darker hue.

Inside the cabin of the Continental 24, bits and pieces of carbon fiber have been added by Bentley, including the door panels and the individually numbered treadplates that indicate that it is a one of a kind Supersports. All units will be given Alcantara covered seats with diamond-quilting with the accent colour to match the exterior, and the headrests feature a unique emblem. Let us also not forget to mention the “Continental 24” lettering fitted onto the fascias.

As for the performance, the Continental 24 still runs with the same Supersports Titanium exhaust system, so underneath the hood is a W12 6.0-liter engine biturbo, with the ability to carry out 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts) and 750 pound-feet (1,017 Newton-metres) of torque. It can hit up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 3.5 seconds, and maxes out at a crazy 209 miles per hour (336 kilometers per hour). That’s pretty fast for a car that weighs 6,063 pounds (2,750 kilograms).

To raise its exclusivity factor, the company will only produce a total of 24 units of the Continental 24. Bentley confirmed that each one will be priced at $280,600 for the standard model, excluding the options that customers can choose from.

Press Release

BENTLEY PREPARES CARS FOR RACE AND ROAD AT NÜRBURGRING 24H

Bentley Motorsport will return to Nürburgring 24 Hours for the third consecutive year this week as it aims for podium success with its three Continental GT3s. Working with European racing partners Bentley Team ABT, a division of well-known ABT Sportsline, Bentley is aiming for its strongest performance at the legendary “Green Hell”.

To signal the team’s participation in one of the world’s greatest racing events, Bentley is unveiling the Continental 24 – a limited edition series of 24 bespoke models for Europe based on the Continental Supersports.

Extensive preparations have been made for the race, in which cars from the top automotive manufacturers compete in gruelling conditions for one of the most sought-after accolades in motorsport. Bentley Team ABT has competed in three races at the Nürburgring in 2017, consistently performing well. In the second VLN race of the season, the team took Bentley’s highest ever result on the infamous Nordschleife with a second place finish, proving effective groundwork for the main event.

With sights set on another Nürburgring podium, the Crewe-based Bentley Motorsport team will support the Bentley Team ABT entries. The three cars will all run on Yokohama tyres and the iconic Deutsche Post liveries of 2016 will be joined by a red-themed car of a similar design, sponsored by Magna.

“Winning this race is the equivalent of holding up a World Cup trophy” commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “It confirms that you engineer and manufacture extremely durable and reliable cars that have precision handling and exceptional performance.

“We know we have the car and engineering expertise to do well. We have pulled together the best individuals from across our teams in the UK and Germany and we are confident that, if all goes to plan, we can fight for a podium position.

“While the race presents a significant challenge, we are focused, meticulously prepared and determined to get a front-running result.”

ABT Sportsline director Hans-Jürgen Abt said: “We’re tackling the Nordschleife project with full concentration and respect, as well as eager anticipation. Bentley is a brand with a great tradition – we very much look forward to jointly tackling this great motorsport challenge again. No predictions are possible for the iconic Eifel race but we’re going to leave no stone unturned to be as perfectly prepared as possible with our team and our drivers.”

Continental 24

To mark Bentley’s participation in the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring, a limited edition series of “Continental 24” coupés has been commissioned specifically for the European market. Utilising the fastest Bentley ever - the 700 bhp, 1000 Nm Continental Supersports – as its foundation, the Continental 24 features a wealth of interior and exterior design cues that reflect the car’s motorsport themes.

Taking inspiration from the paintwork of the Bentley Team ABT Continental GT3 race cars that will contest this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race, the Continental 24 is available in a unique duotone paint combination of Monaco Yellow over Black Crystal. A second option of St James’ Red over Black Crystal provides an equally-striking alternative, while a single-tone exterior is available as a no-cost option. Black 21” lightweight forged wheels can be finished with yellow or red accents to match the paintwork. The sporting exterior look is finished with the fitment as standard of carbon fibre door mirrors, black brake calipers and all-black exterior brightware.

The 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 soundtrack is bolstered by the Supersports’ titanium exhaust system, while the engine itself is finished with a gloss carbon fibre cover.

The interior is similarly race-themed, replete with fascias, door panels and individually-numbered treadplates finished in carbon fibre. The diamond-quilting to all four seats is in Alcantara, while an accent colour theme to match the exterior paint highlights the curves of the cabin. The headrests feature a unique emblem, while “Continental 24” inlays are fitted to the fascias

Performance figures for the Continental 24 are identical to those of the Supersports, with a top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds).

Bentley’s mighty W12 engine, redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware, and a torque vectoring system create a Continental as agile as it is powerful. As well as offering supercar pace and a highly focused driving experience, there is no compromise in the refined nature of the Continental’s ride quality.

Customer deliveries of the Continental 24 will begin in July 2017, with prices starting at €250,000.

Nürburgring 24 Hours - Drivers

Car 36:

Steven Kane (GB)

Guy Smith (GB)

Maxime Soulet (BE)

Car 37:

Chris Brück (DE)

Christer Jöns (DE)

Christian Menzel (DE)

Nico Verdonck (BE)

Car 38:

Chris Brück (DE)

Christer Jöns (DE)

Christian Mamerow (DE)

Jordan Lee Pepper (SA)

Source: Bentley Motors

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