Limited edition Continental Supersports celebrates its involvement in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring

Rolls-Royce may have grabbed the headlines in recent weeks with all the special edition models it’s been unveiling, but rival Bentley is proving itself to be up-to-the-task with the release of its own special edition model. It’s called the Bentley Continental 24 and it’s a tribute to Bentley Motorsport’s entry to the Nürburgring 24 Hours where it hopes to build off of the success it’s had in the last two years since returning to one of the world’s most grueling endurance races.

The special edition Continental is based on the range-topping Supersports variants. While it doesn’t have any engine enhancements to speak of, its status as the fastest model Bentley has ever created more than speaks for itself. So, in the absence of upgrades to its massive 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine, the defining features of the Continental 24 rests on its exterior and interior where plenty of inspiration was taken from Bentley’s motorsport themes. The car also holds the distinction of being one of the few limited edition models that have its own options to choose from, thus making it even more limited. Bentley also said it plans to cap production of the limited edition Continental 24 coupe to an obvious number of 24 units, with each model fetching a base price of €250,000 or about $280,000 based on current exchange rates.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental 24

What makes the Bentley Continental 24 Special Edition so special?

Since this is Bentley we’re talking about here, I will give it a pass for this special edition model because, quite frankly, the inspiration behind it isn’t, well, inspiring enough for me. It would’ve been a lot better from a narrative standpoint if it released this model after it wins the 24 Hours of Nürburgring because that would add a lot of weight to its significance. But to release a special edition model because it’s participating in the endurance race doesn’t quite sound as impressive.

Bentley Continental 24 Special Edition
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Bentley Continental 24 Special Edition
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Needless to say, the Bentley Continental 24 isn’t your standard Bentley, even if saying that already sounds a little ridiculous.

But again, this is Bentley we’re talking about here. The British luxury brand is one of the best in the business at rolling out special-edition models and the Continental 24 is no exception. From the onset, Bentley takes off running with the SE nods, most notably the use of the Monaco Yellow and Black Crystal paint scheme on the coupe’s body. It may not be for everyone, but I like the way the two-tone look of the body matches with the yellow accents on those black, 21-inch, lightweight forged wheels. And if that’s not enough, Bentley is actually offering a second color scheme for the limited edition Continental. The other choice is an option and it features a two-tone look made up of St. James’ Red and Black Crystal. It’s not as striking as the Monaco Yellow finish, but the fact that it is an option to a model that’s already limited to begin with means that it’s going to have some appeal to potential customers.

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Move inside and the limited edition treatment continues with a race-themed cabin that’s drowning in premium materials like Alcantara and carbon fiber.

Move inside and the limited edition treatment continues with a race-themed cabin that’s drowning in premium materials like Alcantara and carbon fiber. The four seats feature diamond quilting in Alcantara while the fascias and door panels get their fill of the carbon fiber good stuff. There are even individually numbered treadplates that are also finished in carbon fiber, as well as headrests that feature a unique emblem and fascias fitted with “Continental 24” inlays.

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Needless to say, the Bentley Continental 24 isn’t your standard Bentley, even if saying that already sounds a little ridiculous. Regardless, those who end up owning any one of the 24 units will get a coupe powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine. This massive mill is capable of producing 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel the coupe to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds on its way to hitting a top speed of 209 mph.

Bentley Continental GT Supersports
Engine 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged port injection W12
Horsepower 700 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 750 LB-FT @ 2,050 – 4,500 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.4 seconds
Top Speed 209 mph
Weight 5,027 Lbs

Most of the elements of the special edition Continental 24 fit together. It’s too bad, then, that it also costs like a special edition Bentley would. $280,000 is a sizable sum of money. Regardless, I don’t forsee them being on sale very long since most of them are probably already spoken for. If you do somehow get your hands on one, you’ll be happy to know Bentley will begin deliveries for the Continental 24 in June of 2017.

Bentley Continental GT Supersports

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Read our full review of the Continental GT Supersports here.

Source: Bentley

Bentley Team ABT to field three Continental GT3s at ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race with Bentley Motorsport

“Continental 24” limited edition series inspired by legendary race

Fan-favourite Deutsche Post livery returns, together with a new design sponsored by Magna

Bentleys to run on Yokohama tyres

Race takes place on 27/28 May and fans can follow the team on Twitter using @BentleyRacing

23 May 2017, Crewe – Bentley Motorsport will return to Nürburgring 24 Hours for the third consecutive year this week as it aims for podium success with its three Continental GT3s. Working with European racing partners Bentley Team ABT, a division of well-known ABT Sportsline, Bentley is aiming for its strongest performance at the legendary “Green Hell”.

To signal the team’s participation in one of the world’s greatest racing events, Bentley is unveiling the Continental 24 – a limited edition series of 24 bespoke models for Europe based on the Continental Supersports.

Extensive preparations have been made for the race, in which cars from the top automotive manufacturers compete in gruelling conditions for one of the most sought-after accolades in motorsport. Bentley Team ABT has competed in three races at the Nürburgring in 2017, consistently performing well. In the second VLN race of the season, the team took Bentley’s highest ever result on the infamous Nordschleife with a second place finish, proving effective groundwork for the main event.

With sights set on another Nürburgring podium, the Crewe-based Bentley Motorsport team will support the Bentley Team ABT entries. The three cars will all run on Yokohama tyres and the iconic Deutsche Post liveries of 2016 will be joined by a red-themed car of a similar design, sponsored by Magna.

“Winning this race is the equivalent of holding up a World Cup trophy” commented Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush. “It confirms that you engineer and manufacture extremely durable and reliable cars that have precision handling and exceptional performance.

“We know we have the car and engineering expertise to do well. We have pulled together the best individuals from across our teams in the UK and Germany and we are confident that, if all goes to plan, we can fight for a podium position.

“While the race presents a significant challenge, we are focused, meticulously prepared and determined to get a front-running result.”

ABT Sportsline director Hans-Jürgen Abt said: “We’re tackling the Nordschleife project with full concentration and respect, as well as eager anticipation. Bentley is a brand with a great tradition – we very much look forward to jointly tackling this great motorsport challenge again. No predictions are possible for the iconic Eifel race but we’re going to leave no stone unturned to be as perfectly prepared as possible with our team and our drivers.”

Continental 24

To mark Bentley’s participation in the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring, a limited edition series of “Continental 24” coupés has been commissioned specifically for the European market. Utilising the fastest Bentley ever - the 700 bhp, 1000 Nm Continental Supersports – as its foundation, the Continental 24 features a wealth of interior and exterior design cues that reflect the car’s motorsport themes.

Taking inspiration from the paintwork of the Bentley Team ABT Continental GT3 race cars that will contest this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race, the Continental 24 is available in a unique duotone paint combination of Monaco Yellow over Black Crystal. A second option of St James’ Red over Black Crystal provides an equally-striking alternative, while a single-tone exterior is available as a no-cost option. Black 21” lightweight forged wheels can be finished with yellow or red accents to match the paintwork. The sporting exterior look is finished with the fitment as standard of carbon fibre door mirrors, black brake calipers and all-black exterior brightware.

The 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 soundtrack is bolstered by the Supersports’ titanium exhaust system, while the engine itself is finished with a gloss carbon fibre cover.

The interior is similarly race-themed, replete with fascias, door panels and individually-numbered treadplates finished in carbon fibre. The diamond-quilting to all four seats is in Alcantara, while an accent colour theme to match the exterior paint highlights the curves of the cabin. The headrests feature a unique emblem, while “Continental 24” inlays are fitted to the fascias

Performance figures for the Continental 24 are identical to those of the Supersports, with a top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds).

Bentley’s mighty W12 engine, redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware, and a torque vectoring system create a Continental as agile as it is powerful. As well as offering supercar pace and a highly focused driving experience, there is no compromise in the refined nature of the Continental’s ride quality.

Customer deliveries of the Continental 24 will begin in July 2017, with prices starting at €250,000.

Nürburgring 24 Hours - Drivers

Car 36:

Steven Kane (GB)

Guy Smith (GB)

Maxime Soulet (BE)

Car 37:

Chris Brück (DE)

Christer Jöns (DE)

Christian Menzel (DE)

Nico Verdonck (BE)

Car 38:

Chris Brück (DE)

Christer Jöns (DE)

Christian Mamerow (DE)

Jordan Lee Pepper (SA)

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