The Bentley’s spring rates are massively stiffer than standard and it has been lowered by 10mm. It’s built in limited numbers and all are sold. 

The Continental GT3-R’s dynamics, frankly, could have taken quite a dive and it wouldn’t necessarily have mattered had Bentley shrugged its shoulders and said: “Well, it’s authentic to the racing car.” Buyers would still have been satisfied.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
An even lighter, even keener GT would be more authentic to the race car and more rewarding still

So it’s a credit to Bentley that it didn’t do that and the GT3-R drives as well as it does, but it’s still difficult to shake the feeling that the car isn’t quite all it could be.

Yes, it’s pleasing to drive, and usefully keener than a regular GT, but it still weighs more than two and a quarter tonnes. An even lighter, even keener GT would be more authentic to the race car and more rewarding still.

However, while to us it feels like the answer to a question no one asked, apparently 300 people are keen enough to know the answer, which makes it another motorsport-inspired Bentley victory.

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