While you might expect to find the highest numbers of exotic and luxury vehicles located in states like California, New York, or Florida, that isn’t always the case.
The Bentley Continental GT set a record at Pikes Peak
A new record was set in the production car category during the summer of 2019 when Rhys Millen drove a Bentley Continental GT in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The category is for cars that don’t have added extras beyond safety equipment. He had a time of 10:18.488, which was about eight seconds faster than the previously held record, according to autoevolution. The previous record had been 10:26.896, according to The Gazette.
The Bentley Pikes Peak Continental GT
In December 2019, Bentley announced the new Pikes Peak Continental GT. Production of the 15 tribute cars then started in August 2020. The 15 cars were hand-built in Bentley’s Crewe, England, factory, which is carbon neutral, according to the Bentley website.
The special edition cars are part of Bentley Mulliner’s new “Collections” portfolio and have been customized for the new owners. The vehicles are now on the way to new homes.
The car is powered by the standard Continental GT engine, the twin-turbocharged W12 with 626 bhp and 663 lb-ft of torque. This power enables the car to zip from zero to 60 MPH in 3.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 207 MPH.
The biggest changes on the Pikes Peak special edition are in its appearance, although it takes its cues from the race car. The carbon fiber body kit also takes its cues from Millen’s race car, with black detailing on the bumper, roof, and sections of the rear.
More than a third of the cars have an optional mountain decal to match the race car. A “100” grille is optional, pointing to Bentley’s 100th anniversary the same year as the record. Along with its carbon fiber body kit, the car features Radium green paint by Milliner.
It also has Acid Green brake disc calipers and Pirelli P Zero Color Edition tires, like the race car. The wheels are 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels.
The car’s interior also gives a nod to the race car. The steering wheel has honeycomb stitching details and a stripe in the center. The interior is covered in Alcantara with Radium contrast stitching and accents. Beluga hide is also used throughout.
The speaker covers have a black anodized and Radium finish. The passenger-side fascia displays a graphic of a section of the Pikes Peak track, and different images are used on each of the 15 cars. Lastly, the time of 10:18.488 is etched into the dashboard.
Only 5 of these cars have been sold in the U.S. market
According to autoevolution, the 15 new Bentley Pikes Peak Continental GT cars are now being delivered to their new owners. These cars have been sold to buyers in the United Kingdom, Germany, Latvia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Japan, and New Zealand, according to Bentley.
Five have also been sold to people in the United States and will be delivered to Manhattan New York; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Troy, Michigan; Omaha, Nebraska; and Rancho Mirage, California, according to StarCarSifu. While Millen’s race car was worth about $215,000, the cars in the American market sold for more than the $216,400 base price, according to Motor1.
With only five Bentley Pikes Peak Continental GT cars in the United States, it will be a surprise to see one anywhere. Car enthusiasts in Nebraska will likely get an extra surprise if they spot their state’s Bentley Pikes Peak Continental GT cruising past local cornfields.