RE: New Bentley Continental GT3

RE: New Bentley Continental GT3

Thursday 9th November 2017

New Bentley Continental GT3

Well, as we're having a day for British sports cars on PH...



Since 2014, the Bentley Continental GT3 has attracted a swathe of sportscar fans from across the globe thanks to its thundering V8 soundtrack, brutish good looks and, let's be frank, the bizarre joy that comes from seeing something so large go so fast.

Have you lost weight, or is that wing bigger?
Have you lost weight, or is that wing bigger?
Now, in line with its roadgoing partner, the Bentley racing car has been overhauled for 2018. It has a lot to live up to as well, with the outgoing GT3 having achieved 45 wins and 120 podiums in 528 races; it's a Blancpain GT champion too.

While the exterior styling is naturally derived from the new model, the race car's underpinnings have benefitted from the update too: aluminium construction is said to have improved the weight distribution, for example. Downforce is up on before, while both brakes and suspension are described as "new and bespoke".

This GT3 uses the previous car's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, refreshed and rejuvenated for 2018; certainly no bad thing if you ask us, the air-shredding malevolence of that engine being a key part of the appeal. The intake and exhaust are said to be all-new, and the dry-sump system has been revised. Balance of Performance will of course dictate final power output, though the unrestricted total is more than 550hp.

At present the second-gen Continental GT3 is completing a six-month testing programme in France, Portugal and the UK, which will eventually include a 24-hour race simulation too. The car's debut will be in the first round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza, where it will aim to begin a defence of the 2017 crown won by the old car. Expect a driver line up very soon, and private teams can get their hands on one from June.

 

 

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Kawasicki

Original Poster:

5,234 posts

167 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Excellent.

Pica-Pica

3,100 posts

16 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Kawasicki said:
Excellent.
Why are Bentley so ugly?

SPMX5

68 posts

72 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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stunning

ChocolateFrog

3,202 posts

105 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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If you had the money you would.

Dinoboy

1,316 posts

149 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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They don't look great in photos but in the metal I love them.
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HighwayStar

1,894 posts

76 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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ChocolateFrog said:
If you had the money you would.
NO!! You would. I wouldn't wink

lucido grigio

35,226 posts

95 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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Bentley also won the British GT championship this year with Parfitt and Morris.

gary71

1,322 posts

111 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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OK I’m completely biased, but it’s a stunning machine, and on first impressions today at the factory it’s louder than the old one!

Tickets for the Spa24 already booked.

Bill

37,358 posts

187 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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It looks like a barried MG SV.


(I feel dirty for liking it. biggrin )

ducnick

856 posts

175 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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I love seeing small wheels on a chav chariot.

ZX10R NIN

11,193 posts

57 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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These car sound stunning hopefully the new one will be at Le Mans.

WCZ

5,500 posts

126 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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i've always been amazed just how good these are on track - i'd of thought the continental being a luxury cruiser isn't the best starting platform but these are race winners vs some insane competition !
I'm guessing the gt3r road car isn't too shabby round a circuit too

HighwayStar

1,894 posts

76 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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WCZ said:
i've always been amazed just how good these are on track - i'd of thought the continental being a luxury cruiser isn't the best starting platform but these are race winners vs some insane competition !
I'm guessing the gt3r road car isn't too shabby round a circuit too
All the detail you could want:
https://www.bentleymotors.com/en/world-of-bentley/...

Kenny Powers

1,251 posts

59 months

Friday 10th November 2017
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Gravitas.

lucido grigio

35,226 posts

95 months

Saturday 11th November 2017
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ZX10R NIN said:
These car sound stunning hopefully the new one will be at Le Mans.
Not unless they develop a GTE car as this is a GT3 car.

I don't even know the differences but there are no GT3 at LM.

WCZ

5,500 posts

126 months

Monday 13th November 2017
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HighwayStar said:
Weight

<1300 kg

that's nuts!