On the newest episode of Ignition, host Jason Cammisa explores both the personality and capability of the glorious 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R, where he puts the strangest car to ever wear the Flying B to the test on both backroads and the track.
As the name implies, the GT3-R is a high-performance track day special. The portly Bentley Continental, which in normal trim is created as a supremely comfortable straight-line bruiser, was never intended for corner carving, so creating this unholy beast took some serious effort. First, the Continental was put on a diet, stripping out luxury touches like the rear seats and Bentley’s trademark wood trim, in favor of a rear crossmember and large swathes of carbon fiber. The result of this asceticism? A 220-lb diet, giving the GT3-R a total of “just” 4,919 lb to hustle around the track.
Cammisa finds the Bentley Continental GT3-R isn’t lacking in the power department, with 571 hp and 515 lb-ft of torque churned out from the Audi-derived 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. Use the overboost function, which briefly turns the wick up to 592 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, and the car will sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.
So what is the sum of all these great parts? Well, Cammisa finds both the sound and the aggressive attitude of this performance bruiser make the Conti GT3 the least-British Bentley to date, with a soundtrack so loud that it cracks the decibel limit at The Streets of Willow Springs. While the all-wheel-drive Bentley has its 4.0-liter stuffed right over the front wheels, the nose-heavy bruiser has a trick torque-vectoring system that manages all the understeer well enough for the GT3 to be a riot on the track.
After getting a taste for himself, Cammisa hands the reigns over to the venerable Randy Pobst, who wrings the Bentley Continental GT3-R out for a few hot laps before setting a lap time.
Check out the video below to see how the 2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R performs on Ignition.