It’s not hard to believe that many of us have champagne wishes and caviar dreams despite a beer budget in reality.
It’s also little surprise that a Bentley, and not just any Bentley, is found atop a magazines top gear and gadget year end edition.
Bentley’s Continental GT3-R, the rarest and most dynamic member of the esteemed Continental family of Grand Tourers, is the top dog in Wired magazine’s annual Gear of the Year special edition.
Jeremy White, product editor, noted: “The Bentley GT3-R was chosen to be in the Rides section as we thought it was superb and a truly innovative piece of engineering – taking inspiration from the brand’s racing heritage and marrying this with cutting edge materials, manufacturing and technology to produce a superlative car.”
The Continental GT3-R made its global debut on the Bentley Stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever produced. Inspired by Bentley’s race-winning Continental GT3 racer, the GT3-R is powered by Bentley’s race- and road-proven 4.0 litre V8 engine, producing 580 PS and 700 Nm of torque. A weight reduction of 100 kg combines with torque vectoring and shorter gearing to deliver a breathtaking driving experience.
The Continental GT3-R is limited to just 300 copies, which are all hand-built in Crewe.
In February 2015, the GT3-R will be in the icy north of Finland for Power on Ice, the flagship experience that elevates the concept of ice driving to the extreme. The Continental GT3-R completes the most powerful Bentley line up yet, making its debut on the frozen lakes piloted by four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen.