There are few automotive traditions that can hold a candle to the Pikes Peak race: a 156-turn proving-ground that spans almost 5,000 feet of elevation over one of Colorado’s most demanding 12.42-mile roadways. As a right-of-passage for the industry’s most notable vehicle manufacturers, the annual hill climb draws immense crowds, powerful platforms, and memorable experiences for the petrol-loving community. But for companies like Bentley, dominating the competition is always the most attractive affair.
Earlier this year, the English builder’s illustrious Continental GT platform secured a decisive victory over the rest of the field, resulting in a record-breaking run that would be etched into the annals of Pikes Peak history. With three-time champion Rhys Millen behind the wheel of the company’s flagship tourer, the 5,000-foot climb was made in just ten minutes, 18.4 seconds, shaving almost 8.4 seconds off of the course’s most expedient climb. To commemorate the victory, Bentley has announced a limited-edition run of Grand Touring vehicles — a collection of Mulliner-painted platforms that mimic the livery of the record-breaking car. Each of the GT’s 15 examples will come equipped with a set of Pirelli P Zero Colour Edition tires in Radium Finish, specialized Pikes Peak decals and ornaments, and a luxurious Alcantara interior with Radium thread stitching, signifying the car’s record-breaking lineage. Below the hood, an advanced twin-turbocharged Bentley W12 engine affords a staggering 626 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque, allowing the car to accelerate from 0-60 miles-per-hour in just 3.6 seconds. Head to the manufacturer’s website to learn more.