Bentley recently launched the new Continental GTC Speed which is essentially the convertible version of the GT Speed Coupe. Power comes from the same mighty W12 6.0-liter twin-turbo engine capable of developing no less than 616 HP and a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft available between 2,000 rpm and 5,000 rpm. It enables the convertible to achieve the 0-62 mph sprint in an impressive 4.4 seconds, onwards to a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). Compared to the coupe, it is 0.1 seconds slower while performing the sprint and 3 mph (5 km/h) slower in terms of top speed, but even so it still is the quickest four-seat cabrio ever made.

Power is sent to the wheels through an eight-speed Quickshift automatic transmission developed by ZF. This power is sent to all wheels with a front/rear 40/60 default split, with the car riding on a double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link layout. Both of them were tweaked while the convertible was lowered by 10mm.

It rides on 21-inch Speed alloy wheels and features a dark chrome look for the matrix radiator front grille and bumper air intakes. At the back it has elliptical exhaust pipes featuring a “rifled” interior. Inside the cabin it gets as standard diamond-quilted leather upholstery and an infotainment system.

Source: Bentley

The British automaker Bentley will return to the world of GT3 racing with this specially developed Continental. It’s been ten years since the Crewe-based company participated in motorsport, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours. The car you see in these photos is based on the Continental GT Speed but it ditches the all-wheel drive layout in favor of a rear-wheel drive configuration. In addition, the car’s aerodynamics have been completely updated, with the car featuring a carbon rear diffuser and front splitter, along with a race-specification rear wing that will generate additional downforce. There aren’t any details at the moment regarding the engine, but most likely it will get a race-spec turbocharged W12.

The development program for the GT3 will continue this upcoming winter and it will be followed by a test program next year, prior to a full race debut in the second half of 2013. It will be eligible to participate in various types of races, including the hard 24-hour endurance events, even though GT3-spec cars do not participate at Le Mans.

Bentley Continental GT3

According to Bentley, this Continental GT3 will stay true to the firm’s motorsport roots, a philosophy of spawning race cars from their road-legal counterparts. The company’s chairman and chief executive said recently that this GT3 version can be considered as the most extreme form of the Continental GT.