In the event you’re available in the market for a limited-edition or bespoke Bentley, you’re spoiled for selection today. The British outfit and its Mulliner buyer customization service have been making some fantastic one-offs and rarities lately. And for its subsequent limited-edition mission, Bentley has turned to its Bathurst-winning race automobiles for inspiration. And sure, the automaker is just constructing two of them.
Regardless of its popularity for luxurious limos and grand tourers, Bentley has an extended historical past with motorsport. It entered its first race in 1919, the identical 12 months the corporate was based, and has since gained races in GT courses and endurance racing – together with Le Mans in 2003 with its fantastic Pace 8 racer.
Now, impressed by its final victory in Australia’s Bathurst 12 hour race, Bentley has created two limited-edition highway automobiles influenced by its successful racers. The 2 fashions, created by the Mulliner studio, are primarily based on Bentley’s new Continental GT S automobiles, which premiered final 12 months to showcase the marque’s sportier facet.
The primary automotive takes inspiration from the livery of the successful race automotive. Its exterior is completed in apple inexperienced with a contrasting black roof, mirrors, decrease bumper and decrease trunk. In distinction, the second instance is painted silver with the identical black trim throughout its exterior.
Each car also comes with a number 7 painted on the grille in honor of the race-winning car pushed by Maxime Soulet, Jordan Pepper and Jules Gounon within the 2020 Bathurst.
Contained in the automotive, the similarities to the race-winning sibling rapidly finish. As a substitute of harnesses, naked steel and racing seats, the 2 limited-edition Continentals are crammed with leather-based and Dinamica – every completed in black with apple inexperienced accents.
There are additionally nods to the automobiles’ inspiration, with “Bathurst” stitched into the headrests and “One in all Two” printed on the door sills. There’s additionally a small map of the Bathurst monitor hidden contained in the cab, in addition to the names of the three race-winning drivers.
Inside every automotive you’ll additionally discover a “commemorative framed artifact” — no, we don’t fairly know what meaning, both — in addition to a cutesy little 1:18 scale mannequin of the Bathurst-winning automotive. Neat.
Sadly, the race-winning efficiency of Bentley’s GT3 automotive hasn’t translated over to those two restricted editions. As a substitute, they each retain the identical 4.0-liter V8 engine that you simply’ll discover in the usual GT S. This unit produces 542 horsepower, which is sufficient to energy the Continental as much as 62 mph in simply 4 seconds.