In the month of June, Bentley announced that they are targeting record for a faster production car at this year’s Pikes Peak. Eventually, it turns out that Bentley were quite serious about it and now the goal has been achieved. On 30th of June, Bentley Continental GT claimed the record for prosecution car at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by 8.4 seconds. It was helmed by Rhys Millen and GT managed to tame 12.42-mile course in just 10:18.488 minutes. This course has 156 bends that starts from 2,835 meters and ends at 4,298 meters. It is an improvement of 8.4 seconds when compared with previous record.
After finishing this task, Rhys Millen first words were “This is an amazing finish to a wet, snowy 2019 run at Pikes Peak.” He further added that they came with one goal in mind to become as fastest production car and set a new record. Rhys said that mother nature threw a challenge at Bentley Continental GT but GT was able to hold its fort. It was raced under number 100 as a celebration to Bentley’s centenary year. Bentley Continental GT was equipped with 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine. This range-toping spec generates 626hp and 900 Nm of torque. Power is channelled to four wheels with help from eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
When it gets free space, it can hit 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds and hit top speed of 207 mph. Bentley Continental GT isn’t the only vehicle that have reached a new record. Bentley’s Bentayga became fastest production SUV last year at this same venue. It was also driven by Rhys Millen and drove across course in 10:49.9 minutes. Range-topping Bentayga comes with same W12 unit but develops 600hp and 900 Nm of torque. It takes 4.0 seconds to hit 0-60mph and maxes out at 187mph.