Bentley takes a Continental GT back to Pikes Peak. Rhys Millen is behind the wheel as Bentley aims to win the Production Car record. Last year, the luxury brand set a record of 10:49.902 on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a Bentayga. The Bentley Continental GT wants to break the production record on the 12.42-mile, 156-corner course.
The British luxury automaker has been working on its run and doing simulations to show it can outdo past records. The Continental GT has all-wheel drive like the 911 Turbo S, but equipped with an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The 911 Turbo S is the car to beat with a record of 10:26.896 set by David Donner in the Time Attack 2. The Turbo S ran with 560 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, but Millen’s Continental GT 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine pumps out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The Bentley is heavier than the Porsche by about 1,400 pounds, which will be handicap.
The race is on June 30, and Millen, know as “King of the Mountain,” is the man to attempt breaking the record. He’s raced up the mountain 25 times, taking five overall and seven class victories.
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