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RE: New Bentley Continental GT3

RE: New Bentley Continental GT3

Thursday 9th November

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:

4,845 posts

158 months

Thursday 9th November
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Excellent.

Pica-Pica

1,517 posts

7 months

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

SPMX5

62 posts

63 months

Thursday 9th November
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stunning

ChocolateFrog

2,591 posts

96 months

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

Dinoboy

925 posts

140 months

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

1,250 posts

67 months

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

lucido grigio

31,213 posts

86 months

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

gary71

1,244 posts

102 months

Thursday 9th November
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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

36,343 posts

178 months

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


(I feel dirty for liking it. biggrin )

ducnick

793 posts

166 months

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

ZX10R NIN

8,701 posts

48 months

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

WCZ

4,637 posts

117 months

Friday 10th November
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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

1,250 posts

67 months

Friday 10th November
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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

502 posts

50 months

Friday 10th November
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Gravitas.

lucido grigio

31,213 posts

86 months

Saturday 11th November
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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

4,637 posts

117 months

Monday 13th November
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HighwayStar said:
Weight

<1300 kg

that's nuts!