Just when you thought that making a regular Bentley Continental GT travel from 0-60mph in 4.5sec was impressive, along comes the GT3-R. The GT3-R’s weight may yet hold it back from being all the driver’s car it could be, but one thing it doesn’t do is prevent it from being devastatingly accelerative.
Partly that’s due to the 572bhp that the 4.0-litre V8 develops, but at least as much is a result of the lower gearing. Yet still there’s no launch control at work here; you simply tense the transmission by easing the accelerator down a touch with the brake pedal applied, then remove your left foot from the brake pedal and stamp the throttle down to the floor with your right foot.
If you have the space and nerve, 60mph will pass just 3.7sec later, which is the fastest time we have ever recorded for a car that weighs more than two tonnes (the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport sneaked just 5kg under that), and the weight doesn’t hold it back much after that, either.
The Bentley passes 100mph in only 8.2sec and completes a standing quarter mile in 12.0sec precisely. That latter time is a second clear of a Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG Coupé and only a second slower than a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, which, remember, has 731bhp and weighed in at only 1630kg on our scales.