Rhys Millen can really push a car to its limits.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is one of the most famous and dangerous routes in racing, but despite the challenge, the Volkswagen Group has quickly become a master in setting records on this treacherous course. The electric VW I.D. R owns the all-time record on the hill climb course, that didn't stop the Bentley from setting the production car record using a Continental GT.
In 2018, Bentley completed the 12.42-mile course in just 10 minutes and 49.9 seconds using a Bentayga, beating the previous record by almost two minutes. The Continental GT, with three-time rally champion Rhys Milen at the wheel, went up the hill in just 10 minutes and 18.488 seconds, beating the Bentayga by over eight seconds.
In order to give us a taste of the action, Bentley has published a video of the Continental GT's run from the perspective of Millen's race helmet, revealing what it is like to pilot more than 5,000 pounds of British luxury up one of the most dangerous courses in the world. Millen's skills look almost unworldly as he navigates through 156 corners, climbing almost 5,000 feet in the process. The Continental GT is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine sending 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque out to all four wheels. With the massive 12-cylinder grunt, the GT can hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 207 mph.
It's almost certain that no owner will ever use their Bentley like this, but it is still impressive to see a Grand Tourer be hustled up Pikes Peak in such a violent manner. Bentley did install a roll cage and a racing seat for the driver's safety, but it appears that other components in the interior, such as the rotating center display, metal switchgear, and air conditioning, remained completely stock for the run. There are many production cars capable of beating the Continental GT up Pikes Peak, but until another automaker challenges Bentley's record, the British automaker and its VW Group sibling remain the kings.