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Bentley Limited Edition Continental GT Marks Pike Peak Record

By Paul Joseph

British luxury carmaker Bentley has unveiled a new special edition model that celebrates the Continental GT’s production car record accomplishment at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado earlier this year.

Driven by three-time champion, former ‘King of the Mountain’ Rhys Millen, the W12-powered Continental GT managed to make its way to the top of the mountain through 156 turns in just 10 minutes, 18.5 seconds – 8.4 seconds faster than the previous record.

Limited to just 15 examples, the special edition Continental GT wears the exclusive shade Radium green from the Mulliner personalisation division that featured on the original Pikes Peak race car.

The same colour appears on the Pirelli P Zero Colour Edition tires that wrap around 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels, and, to match the theme, the brake calipers are also finished in Acid Green.

Other special touches on the exterior include a carbon fibre body kit and gloss black trim that contrasts the green paint job. Additionally, customers can select an optional “100” in the grille in recognition of the automaker’s centenary year.

Inside the cabin, the special edition Continental GT gets Alcantara and Beluga leather upholstery with Radium green stitching, while the headrests are embroidered with the Pikes Peak logo. The centre console features a Piano Black finish, and the rest of the cabin gets carbon-fibre trim, while the speaker covers feature Black Anodized and Radium finish.

To make each of the 15 units of the special edition unique, a different section of the Pikes Peak course is featured as a graphic on the passenger side of the dashboard.

Powering the car is the same 6.0-litre W12 engine found in the regular version that churns out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. As for performance, it achieves the 0-60mph sprint in 3.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 207mph.

Pricing for the Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak has not yet been confirmed.

By Paul Joseph