Bentley is preparing an even more hardcore variant of its Continental GT3-R.
The British automaker appears to be building its first rear-wheel drive sports car of the modern era, based on the Continental GT3-R that was launched last year. Speaking to Autocar, Bentley engineering boss Rolf Frech said, “A lot of people expected the GT3-R to be a proper rear-wheel-drive sports car, but the problem was timing. We needed the car at the end of the first season of our GT3 racing car, and to do a proper change of the complete powertrain needed longer than we had. But we have the concept in our mind, so why not?”
Expect the new car to be powered by the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the Continental GT3-R, but with even more power than the current 572 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The company will also be focusing on putting the model on a diet, aiming for a weight of under 4,400 lbs, over 440 lbs lighter than the GT3-R. Naturally some of the savings will come by ditching the all-wheel drive powertrain.
Rumor has it that the rear-wheel drive Continental GT3-R will be available in 2016 and it’ll likely be even more rare than the 300 units the GT3-R is limited to.
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