A hardcore Bentley performance machine is a concept shot through with contradictions from the start. Anyone inclined to dismiss this car without giving it a fair hearing will need to look no further than its kerb weight for justification.
Bentley’s official claim, including the 75kg allowance for a passenger and luggage mandated by the EU standard, is 2195kg. On MIRA’s scales, our test car showed 2285kg with its 90-litre tank full of fuel. Too much for a great driver’s car? We’ll come to that.
The more important question is whether Crewe could have done more to save weight without compromising on the material lavishness and silver-tongued luxury on which every Bentley trades – and extended experience of this car makes it a hard one to answer.
Having started with a Continental GT V8 S, Bentley threw out the car’s back seats and fitted new, lighter front ones. It also replaced the interior doorcards with carbonfibre alternatives, found a titanium exhaust for the car worth a 7kg saving all on its own and fitted lightweight machine-forged 21in alloy wheels and carbon-ceramic brake discs as standard.