Bentley Plots Hardcore, RWD Continental GT3-R

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?”

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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.

[Source: Autocar]

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