Bentley Shows Off Pikes Peak Continental GT

Bentley is looking to get up the hill in a shorter time than its ever managed before. Sending a Continental to crush the continental divide. Aiming for a production car record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb at the end of this month.

It’s not the first time that Bentley has aimed to conquer the race to the clouds. Last year, the company set a record for production SUVs with the Bentayga, which cut two minutes off of the previous record.

This year, it’s a Continental GT headed for the peak, helping to celebrate 100 years of Bentley competition. Bentley has just revealed the livery for the car, including the use of number 100 to help mark the centenary. The car is aiming to beat 10 minutes 26 seconds, which, at just 23 seconds quicker than the Bentayga, should be attainable.

The Conti will be driven by Pikes Peak veteran Rhys Millen. He’ll face a climb from 9,300 feet to 14,100 feet with weather that can change from stifling heat to snow in a matter of minutes. He’ll also need oxygen pumped to his helmet to avoid oxygen sickness on the run.

The car used will be the W12 version of the Continental GT. 626 hp and 664 lb-ft from the turbocharged engine, and those turbos will help it maintain most of that power at the high altitudes. Bentley hasn’t said what changes will be made to the car for the record attempt, but expect modifications in the name of safety more than speed, since this is a production car record attempt.