June 2019, during the centenary year of Bentley, a W12 powered Continental GT participated in the world famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA. The car, driven by three-time champion Rhys Millen covered 12.42 miles (19.87 Km) climbing 5,000 feet from the foothill, criss-crossing through 156 bends in just 10 minutes and 18.4 seconds. During the climb, the car not only broke the existing record but shaved off 8.4 seconds from the timing. Such an achievement in the centenary year calls for special celebrations.
To commemorate the climb and new record, Bentley is bringing in a special edition of the Continental GT. The car is painted in the same Radium by Mulliner paintwork which adorned the record braking car. There are carbon fibre body kits installed and several weight saving features installed. There are gloss black accents on the roof, rear view mirrors and bumpers. The grille is black and if you want, you can order your car with the “100” marking on the grille to celebrate a 100 years of Bentley.
The car is powered by a W12 twin turbocharged petrol engine. This is a very advanced engine and produces 626 BHP of power and 900 N-m of torque. This huge engine pushes the Bentley Continental GT shod with 22″ Pirelli P Zero Colour Edition tyres with Radium Finish from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. This powerhouse can achieve a top speed of 333 km/h.
Inside, keeping its heritage alive, the car is a Bentley and oozes luxury. Inside is swathed in Alcantara leather with radium green stitching. The steering wheel features a honeycomb stitching design and a centre stripe both in Radium, as per the Pikes Peak GT race car. 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. Seat headrests have a Pikes Peak embroidery in radium while there are Pikes Peak tread plates in the door sills. The fascia and central console is in carbon fibre and is glossy black. The Continental GT’s luxurious cabin includes the ground-breaking Bentley Rotating Display, deep pile overmats and Front Seat Comfort Specification, while Bang and Olufsen speakers fill up the cabin with the most detailed sound reproduction.
Only 15 of these cars will be offered for sale to discerning and very rich collectors in December 2019.