Ferrari turned its 360 Challenge racer into the Challenge Stradale. Lamborghini did the same with its Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale. Could Bentley be preparing to follow down the racecar-for-the-road path as well?
Bentley brought the Continental GT3 Concept to the Paris Motor Show to give the public a taste of what a modern-day Bentley racer could like, but according to Autocar, a road-going version of the GT3 race car is also a distinct possibility. Details are still up in the air, but it's understood that Bentley plans a 300-car run to be built over the course of 12 months in 2014/15. Taking the place of the previous Supersports model in the lineup, the roadgoing GT3 could carry a price tag as high as $270,000.
A senior at Bentley reportedly revealed that the roadgoing model would likely retain the four-wheel drive that the racer ditches, while insiders say a 700-horsepower W12 engine could be at its heart. As the Continental's flagship engine, the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 is only marginally more powerful in base form than the lighter and newer twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, but it could have room to grow. We wouldn't expect the aero package to be quite as in-your-face as the racing concept's, but it could find more aggression than the standard Continental GT and GT Speed.