That’s One Superfast Bentley
The Bentley Continental GT raced to the clouds at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event covering the 12.4-mile course in just 10:18.488. That’s 8.4 seconds faster than the previous record holder, which is astonishing. Rhys Millen was behind the wheel of the car for Bentley for the run up the route. He sounded extremely pleased with the results considering the conditions of the route were less than ideal.
We came here with one goal in mind, and that was to be the fastest production car up the mountain and set a new record. It was an incredible week. Today was a challenge with what Mother Nature threw at us, but the Continental GT held strong all the way to the top, and we are now Number One.
The Continental GT that Millen controlled up to the top of the treacherous route that actually claimed Ducati rider Carlin Dunn’s life during the motorcycle class, was the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine with 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. All that power filters through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The car is capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The top speed is 207 mph. As you might expect, this car isn’t just a straight line speed demon. It handles too, as Millen masterfully showed at the event.
Last year, Millen piloted the Bentley Bentayga up the mountain. He set the time for the fastest production SUV. It’s cool to see him continue to get behind the wheel of Bentley’s vehicles and make things happen. Bentley has to be pleased with the results.