Bentley has revealed a limited edition of its Continental GT to celebrate the marque’s record-breaking achievement at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event in the USA in June. Piloted by three-time champion Rhys Millen, a W12-powered Continental GT climbed almost 5,000 feet through 156 bends in just ten minutes and 18.4 seconds. This was 8.4 seconds quicker than the existing record for the 12.42-mile course in Colorado, making it the fastest production car ever at Pikes Peak.
“The new Limited Edition Continental GT is distinguished by a number of carefully curated features to honour that outstanding record run. It reflects Bentley’s spirit of endeavour, one that has been a constant throughout the last 100 years and remains at the beating heart of the company,” said Chris Craft, Member of the Board for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Bentley Motors.
Restricted to just 15 examples, the Limited Edition is distinguished by a carbon fibre body kit and Radium by Mulliner paintwork, emulating the colour scheme used on the record-breaking car. Gloss black detailing has been added to the front lower bumper inserts, roof panel, wing mirrors and rear surfaces. The limited version also gets Acid Green brake disc callipers, Pirelli P Zero Colour Edition tyres in Radium Finish and a Pikes Peak decal to the front bumper, while 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels in Gloss Black are standard. An optional ‘100’ on the grille is a reminder that the Continental GT’s hill climb achievement took place in Bentley’s centenary year.
The cabin is crafted in Alcantara with contrasting Radium thread stitching, matched with Beluga secondary hide. Pikes Peak embroidery to the seat headrests in Radium stitching, Pikes Peak treadplates and exclusive B&O speaker covers in Black Anodised and Radium finish further enhance the interior appeal. The steering wheel features a honeycomb stitching design and a centre stripe both in Radium, with carbon fibre fascias and wasitrails along with a Piano Black centre console rounding off the cabin. The passenger-side fascia features a graphic showing a section of the Pikes Peak track, with five different graphics being used across the 15-car run, along with the record-setting time of 10:18.488.
It is powered by the same twin-turbocharged Bentley W12 engine as the record-breaking car, and is good for 626bhp and 900Nm of torque, helping the GT sprint from 0-100kph in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 333kph.
The celebratory model is available to order from this month.