Have you heard of the hottest car from Bentley? Bentley’s third generation Continental GT has gotten more athletic after receiving the latest GT3 upgrade under its new platform. So what makes the GT3-spec extra special? While the Continental GT packs a 626hp 6.0-liter biturbo W12 engine, the GT3’s 4.0-liter 550hp biturbo V8 is a race-specified engine integrated with the Cosworth management system.
In addition to the upgraded dry sump, intake and exhaust, majority of the Continental GT’s standard markings were stripped off to achieve the GT3’s ideal weight. That means, Bentley Motorsport did whatever is necessary to transform the GT into a pure race car--- including stripping out the interior and installing a number of carbon fiber body panels.
The carbon fiber diet was a huge success as the GT3 race car only weighs about 2,866lbs (1300kg) which is significantly lighter than the regular GT. The weight loss is estimated to have reached a total of 2081 pounds or 944 kilograms.
Unlike the Continental’s street-legal counterpart, the Continental GT3 has been fitted with FIA-approved racing seats, a full roll cage, a race-spec diffuser, and new side sills with extensions. Since Bentley Motorsport knows exactly what any race-spec GT needs during its development, the race car has been equipped with a huge rear wing, wider fender flares and a vented engine hood with quick release pins.
Unfortunately, we cannot say much about its interiors since Bentley hasn’t released any pictures. We could only guess that the GT3 will sport a racing-inspired interior that likely comes with leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, sports pedals and so on.
On to the side profile, the GT3 looks totally fierce as the regular mirrors have been replaced with a narrower set. Just the same, Bentley did all it could to keep some of the basic elements of the GT onto the GT3 as we can see on the three-piece front bumper layout bearing the same trapezoidal vent at the center. The grille and sides of the bumper meanwhile have been added with green accents to set the GT3 apart from the production road car.
Altogether, these cool new parts will surely give the track-ready grand tourer a more taunting look. Or how’s that for a Bentley Continental GT on steroids? But don’t get too excited yet as Bentley’s new GT3 racer is still at the testing stages and this period will last about six months. At any rate, the production-ready grand tourer race car is expected to arrive at the showrooms around June 2018.
For those who are thrilled to watch its official racing debut, the Bentley Continental GT3 will join the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup’s opening round which will take place next year, April 21 to 22, in Monza Italy.