The 2018 Bentley Continental GT3 is a GT3 racecar based on the 2018 Bentley Continental GT V8 road car.
- Text originally from bentleymotors.com.
The world eagerly welcomed the extraordinary new Continental GT – and now ready for its second race season is the astonishing new Continental GT3 race car. The pedigree is world class, with the previous Continental GT3 being a proven championship-winning endurance racer, scoring over 120 podiums and 45 wins around the world to date.
W.O. Bentley promised always to build a “good car, fast car, best in its class” and this is no different with the race car. Development of the new Continental GT3 has been led with passion and innovation by the engineers of Bentley Motorsport’s in-house team based in Crewe, and supported across the car by designers and technicians at Bentley’s technical partner, M-Sport.
The new GT3 race car was developed in tandem with the recently launched Continental GT road car, and the performance learnings are many. It utilises a mostly aluminium structure to deliver a much lighter, race-ready weight of significantly less than 1300 kg together with more even weight distribution – ideal for racing. The engine is a new development of the race-proven 4.0-litre Bentley twin-turbo V8, with a redesigned dry sump system and all-new intake and exhaust systems. Unrestricted power is in excess of 550 bhp, fuel consumption is improved and despite reduced exhaust noise the sound is still unmistakably Bentley.
Highly optimised road car intercoolers are used in the Continental GT3 to provide optimum engine performance. Exterior aerodynamic surfaces, based on the sleekly refined lines of the road car, provide additional down force. New suspension and braking systems are also bespoke to the car.
The Bentley Continental GT3 was added in the British Season Update as a high-end Class D car with the following rank statistics:
At stock, the Continental GT3 has average top speed, handling, acceleration, atrocious nitro efficiency, and abysmal drifting capabilities - the latter being one of the worst in the game. At MAX, it has stellar top speed and handling, with acceleration being the only drawback. Its drifiting radius was hugely improved and the nitro duration was also buffed during the Italian Season Update, though the rank was also nerfed, making the Continental GT3 even powerful. It excels on all types of tracks but curvy, technical tracks are where it shines. It is a excellent choice for multiplayer at MAX due to well-rounded stats, but most players will only have the Continental GT3 at 1-2 star, where its performance is still mediocre.
In The British Season Update, the blueprints and the key for this car were available by its Grand Prix. Later, in European Season Update and British Tour Season Update, the blueprints and the key were available again as Key Hunt along with Volkswagen W12 Special Event and McLaren GT Passport Event respectively.
The Bentley Continental GT3 was added in the Showdown Update as a mid Class A car with the following statistics:
- Starting rank: 1289
- MAX rank: 1546 (+257)
- This was changed to 1509 (+220) in the ? update
- MAX+PRO rank: 1720 (+174)
- This was changed to 1720 (+211) in the ? update
- Tuning Kit bonus: +76
- This was changed to +52 in the ? update
- Stock to MAX+PRO rank difference: 431
- This was changed to 431 in the ? update
- Upgrade rank percentages: 2/69/2/27
- Nitro Efficiency: 7/12/16
The Bentley Continental GT3 has average acceleration, a high top speed, average nitro efficiency, and good handling and drifting. Acceleration is sluggish at stock but improves when upgraded. At MAX+PRO, the Bentley Continental GT3 can reach 455.6 kmh / 283 mph.
As of the 2020 Halloween Update, the Continental GT3 can be purchased for 2,000,000.
- Main article: Championship/Bentley Continental GT3