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Bentley Pikes Peak Continental GT is a 626HP Homage to a Record Breaking Run

Bentley Motors has a century-long reputation for building big fast cars. Texas-sized speed machines punching the air while breaking speed records and then matching it with a top-shelf luxury interior to create a world-class GT car. Recently, Bentley built less than 20 examples of a special edition Continental GT in celebration of breaking a time record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30, 2019.

The Bentley Continental GT has been in production since 2003, and since day one, the most prominent critics against it have been its size and weight. Regardless of its curb weight, the Continental GT has proven several times that it can roll with the lighter Porsches and Ferraris without trimming its waistline.

Its more recent accomplishment happened in 2019 at one of the most significant motorsports in the world – The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Often known as “The Race to the Clouds,” Pikes Peak is a hill climb race that pushes both car and driver up a nearly 13-mile course up the side of the mountain to a finish line 14,115 feet in the air. The course starts at mile 7 of Pikes Peak Highway. The public road turned racecourse includes 156 turns, some with no guard rails overlooking nothing but sky and several thousand feet of free-falling.


At the 2019 running of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, two-time Pikes Peak champion Rhys Millen set a record run of 10:18.488 minutes in a Bentley Continental GT. The previous record was 10:26.9, set in 2014 by David Donner driving a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Keep in mind that racing at this attitude means the air is thinner, affecting man and machine. Add to the fact that weather is also a factor as a light rainstorm turns to hail, and lightning strikes are often too close for comfort.

Breaking a record at Pikes Peak is an achievement worthy of praise and celebration. Bentley Motors decided to commemorate the victory with an ultra-limited edition, race-prepared version of the GT. Bentley built 15 examples of the Pikes Peak Continental GT by Mulliner, and only five of these cars are coming to the United States. The other ten cars will be divided amongst the rest of the world from its home UK to the United Arab Emirates and even New Zealand.

The Pikes Peak Continental GT features exclusive Radium paintwork, 22-inch gloss black wheels with unique Acid Green brake calipers, a gloss-black roof, and a carbon fiber body kit. Options include a special edition ‘100’ front grille to represent that the 2019 record took place on Bentley’s centenary year, and a Mountain Decal Event livery paying homage to the record setting GT race car.

Powering the PP GT is the standard twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine, which powers all four wheels with 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque using an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The interior, being a Bentley, features Alcantara leather with contrasting Radium stitching and special graphics unique to the car.

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