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Bentley Reveals New Continental GT3

Bentley reveals brand-new second-generation Continental GT3, announces 2018 plans…

Photo: Bentley

Bentley has revealed its new Continental GT3, which will compete in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge next year.

The car is the second-generation of the Continental GT3 that Bentley Team M-Sport won the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup teams’ title with this season.

The outgoing car has scored 120 podiums and 45 wins in various GT3 series across the world.

“After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re excited to reveal our second-generation car,” said Bentley Motorsport Director Brian Gush.

“The new car leaves no area or system untouched in the search for even better performance, and the early test results are promising.

“The new Continental GT road car has proved to be a great starting point for the development of a new racer, and the engineering development work is true to Bentley’s impeccable standards.”

The GT3 car is based on the new Continental GT road car and uses its mostly aluminum structure along with a new development of the manufacturer’s four-liter twin-turbo V8 engine.

The powerplant features a new dry sump system and intake and exhaust systems, and is capable of producing more than 550 bhp before Balance of Performance restrictions.

It has already started a six-month test program in the UK, France and Portugal, while it is set to complete 24-hour endurance race simulations soon.

The car will be made available to customers in June. 

2018 Plans Confirmed

Bentley Team M-Sport has also confirmed its 2018 race plans with two new Continental GT3s set to take on the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge.

It’s understood that the manufacturer has decided against fielding entries in the Sprint Cup.

With the IGTC season-opening Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour running to previous-year GT3 homologations, the new car will make its competition debut in the Endurance Cup season-opener at Monza in April, with the team set to run its current-generation model in Australia.

The team is yet to announce its 2018 driver lineup.

Photo: Bentley

Photo: Bentley

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Billy Joe Schmuck

    November 9, 2017 at 7:23 am

    not sure why Bentley insists on keeping with the RHD…… McLaren, Nissan GT3 cars are LHD despite their ‘home country’ driving on the wrong side of the car.

    • Bentley does because Billy Joe is an idiot

      November 9, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Because it is Bentley and part of their legacy, they only make left hand drive racecars.

      • gtgianlu

        November 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        and it’s easier for driver changing

      • Seeing dumb posts

        November 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

        Uuuh…angry guy, might want to change your inane rant to Bentley only makes LEFT hand drive racecars.

        Ya schmuck

        • Slicks in the wet

          November 10, 2017 at 8:12 am

          You’re both idiots. It’s they only make right hand drive race cars.

          God lord!! Lol

          • Wets in the dry

            November 10, 2017 at 11:28 am

            Good Lord* work on your grammar before calling people idiots, idiot.^^

  2. Tim

    November 9, 2017 at 7:38 am

    No cars to PWC next year?

    • Prototype 1

      November 9, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Maybe they might go to the PWC.

      But, will they be eligible to go to the ISMA WTSC Championship.

      • Mike

        November 9, 2017 at 1:16 pm

        They already are. All they’d have to do is pay the manufacturer fee

        • Tim

          November 9, 2017 at 7:53 pm

          They already are what?

          Bentley has been in the PWC a few years now. However this article makes it sound like this car is only heading for europe and mentioned nothing about their PWC efforts. Makes me think Bentley is pulling the plug on PWC.

          • Tim

            November 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm

            Read this again. Your talking IMSA. Would be awesome to have them there but theu want outright victories. Have to wait for a DPi

    • Slicks in the wet

      November 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Id bet they will but depends if they’ll have enough built in time? I don’t think supporting PWC is a priority.

  3. Prototype 1

    November 9, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Wow! That is a nice Bentley, looks way better than the old one.
    However, not sure I like the rear wing that much.

    • Travis McBee

      November 9, 2017 at 8:46 am

      The rear wing is sick IMO.

    • Guest

      November 9, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Don’t worry, surely they will put on a smaller wing and it will get into GT4.

      • Aus

        November 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

        Going the Merc route…

  4. tracer

    November 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Car and livery, in general, look fantastic. Lots of pretty neat details to pour over on the aero side, especially at the back with the aggressive diffuser, large intake above the boot lid cover and outboard placement of the rear wing swan neck supports.

    Seems like a fairly conservative 2018 program for the M-Sport team though, with only the Endurance and IGTC rounds scheduled… I wonder whether we will see the new car at all here in the States outside of the Laguna 8 Hours.

    • Slicks in the wet

      November 10, 2017 at 8:15 am

      I hope more cars show up to the 8hrs..if it even happens again..was too small of a field last year. Very boring really.

  5. Binky

    November 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Very nice evolution with a lot of nice aero details. Not thrilled about the rear lights, looks like they belong on another car, but the rest is great.

    Honestly surprised me when they announced a new car would be coming, given this program’s relative lack of true customer teams or major sponsor tie-up.

  6. gtgianlu

    November 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Just 550 hp BEFORE bopping? A standard Audi RS6 Performance(same engine) put out 600hp…

    • Matt

      November 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      I thought about 550hp was the HP for all these GT3 cars. Pretty weak considering the road car versions make as much.

  7. billthe3

    November 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Something about the angle on the final picture makes the rear wheel/tire look small, which is the first time I’ve thought that on any GT3 car.

    • Slicks in the wet

      November 10, 2017 at 8:16 am

      It’s called being a slab-sided fatass of a car lol

  8. Steven

    November 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    That’s one aggressive looking boat.

  9. Aus

    November 17, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I have to say, that Bentley is STRIKING! It at least LOOKS fast! The inlet behind the rear window is a nice touch, for a differential cooler I assume, and probably aids in aero in some way.

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