Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 2015 Bentley Continental GR3-R

Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 2015 Bentley Continental GR3-R

This is the 23rd vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.

Bentley has always produced cars for the sporting driver. It was the way the company separated its products from longtime partner Rolls-Royce — by a racing heritage.

Bentley still competes on the track with trips to Le Mans, including the  Speed 8 effort from 2001-2003 and, more recently, the Continental GT3 built for the Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe and the Pirelli World Challenge in the United States. Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 2015 Bentley Continental GR3-R

In the vein of racing on Sunday, selling on Monday, Bentley produced the road-going GT3-R, but in Bentley style it is not a GT3 with license plates with roll-cage and stripped-out interior, but more of a massaged GT V8S, inspired by the GT3. With a 51 horsepower increase, to 572, and a little extra torque, this very limited-production 2015 Bentley custom was available to only 300 people prepared to spend the $135,000 premium over a standard car.

Over 200 pounds were shaved, primarily by the removal of the rear seat, titanium exhaust and a little extra use of carbon fiber. Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 2015 Bentley Continental GR3-R

With new turbos and engine internals, and a few tweaks to the management systems, the 4,800-pound car will propel to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

Upgraded wheels, tires and ceramic brakes, as well as lower, tighter suspension pour feedback through the Alcantara-wrapped steering, transforming the car’s competence through the turns.

The car offered at auction, from the SteveTodhunter Collection, comes in a striking Beluga Black over Beluga Black interior offset by the green accents exclusive to the GT3-R and has been meticulously kept and enjoyed for just 883 miles since new.

With its twin-turbo W12 engine is backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission, this GT3-R is a road-ready modern classic.

Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction is scheduled for January 13-21 at the Westworld complex.

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