Bentley will launch a GT2 version of its top-selling Continental next year, new boss Wolfgang Durheimer has told Auto Express.
The model will be at least 200kg lighter than the standard GT, weighing 2,200kg, and will develop a staggering 650bhp – that’s nearly 100bhp more than the regular coupe. This would mean a 0-60mph sprint time of less than four seconds and a top speed of well over 200mph.
Durheimer would not confirm whether the GT2 will use the existing W12 engine or the new twin-turbo V8, due in 2012.
But as both engines are believed to be capable of generating more than 600bhp, it’s thought both are being tested.
Company insiders described the project to us in detail, and are promising the limited edition will be the fastest, most spectacular and most powerful road car Bentley has ever built. Our sources also tipped the GT2 to be the first Continental to ditch the four-wheel-drive system.
The car was presented to bosses at a secret meeting earlier this year. Durheimer explained to us that its arrival would help Bentley widen the appeal of the Continental family, and improve on the performance of the line-up’s current flagship, the GT Supersport.
“I definitely think there is room for a car with more power than the Supersport,” Durheimer told us. “I also think some of what we did with the Supersport in the past wasn’t quite right. For example, it should not be a two-seater. That layout should be reserved for the top-line cars.”