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by Adam Lynton
Ferrari turned its 360 Challenge racer into the Challenge Stradale. Lamborghini did the same with its Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale. Could Bentley be preparing to follow down the racecar-for-the-road path as well?
Bentley brought the Continental GT3 Concept to the Paris Motor Show to give the public a taste of what a modern-day Bentley racer could like, but according to Autocar, a road-going version of the GT3 race car is also a distinct possibility. Details are still up in the air, but it's understood that Bentley plans a 300-car run to be built over the course of 12 months in 2014/15. Taking the place of the previous Supersports model in the lineup, the roadgoing GT3 could carry a price tag as high as $270,000.
A senior at Bentley reportedly revealed that the roadgoing model would likely retain the four-wheel drive that the racer ditches, while insiders say a 700-horsepower W12 engine could be at its heart. As the Continental's flagship engine, the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 is only marginally more powerful in base form than the lighter and newer twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, but it could have room to grow. We wouldn't expect the aero package to be quite as in-your-face as the racing concept's, but it could find more aggression than the standard Continental GT and GT Speed.