Bentley Continental GT3 is One Wicked Race Car: 2012 Paris Motor Show Preview

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

For almost a year now, we’ve been anticipating the return of Bentley to Le Mans Racing, with the possibility of racing in the GT3 category. Well, now it’s pretty official as photos of the new Bentley Continental GT3 race car has leaked ahead of its unveiling at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

Based on the Continental GT, the race car variant probably exceeds everyone’s expectations. Simply put, it’s one mean-looking machine and we can’t wait to see it in motion out on the track. It’s got everything you’d expect from a GT3 race car – wider fenders, center-locking wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers for aerodynamics, and a massive rear spoiler. But somehow the British automaker got it to all work with its luxury coupe.

Will it make a trip to the next 24 Hours of Le Mans? Hopefully so. What we’ll anxiously await at its official debut is what will be powering this beast, since the factory W12 is too big and too powerful for current GT3 regulations.

View AutoGuide’s extensive coverage of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

GALLERY: Bentley Continental GT3

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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