Intrepid DRIVEN editor Jared Paul Stern made the journey from East Coast to West last week for the awe-inspiring Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and related events, behind the wheel of a rakish Bentley Continental GT Le Mans Edition. Read on for another dispatch from the front lines…
We may have been blown away by the sheer number of 911s on hand at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the model’s 50th anniversary, but in terms of raw sex appeal, there was nothing to match Bentley’s blistering new Continental GT3.
The new Continental GT3 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
We’ve been hearing a lot about the vehicle, which represents the marque’s first return to motorsports since its historic sixth Le Mans victory in 2003, but seeing it in the metal is an altogether more visceral experience.
And while there were no hot laps to be had, we did get the benefit of Le Mans–winning Bentley driver Guy Smith’s firsthand account of putting the car through its paces at Goodwood.
If Guy says it’s a winner, we’re inclined to believe him, and his 24 Heures du Mans trophy was sitting on a shelf at the Home of Bentley villa to assuage any doubts.
Le Mans–winning Bentley driver Guy Smith has been testing it
Designed to explore the extreme potential of Bentley’s iconic Grand Tourer, the Continental GT weighs 1,000 kg less than the factory version and features a reconfigured 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 600 hp.
Starting at the end of next year, the GT3 will be eligible to race in a range of race series and events, including 24-hour endurance marathons.
If you think you can do a Smith, this is the way to put it to the test…
- Posted August 27, 2013
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