The Bentley Continental GT Just Kicked The Porsche 911 Turbo’s Ass Up Pikes Peak
The Continental GT is the quickest production car at Pikes Peak!by Ciprian Florea, on
The 2019 Bentley Continental GT just became the quickest production car on the iconic Pikes Peak course. A stock version of the British grand tourer completed the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with three-time champion Rhys Millen at the wheel, in 10:18.488 minutes. That’s a whopping eight seconds quicker than the previous record that was set by a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S.
Smashing a five-year-old record
Millen's achievement is quite impressive given the inferior power-to-weight ratio
The record for the fastest production car at Pikes Peak stood for no fewer than five years. That’s because the old benchmark was really good at 10:26.9 seconds. It was set by Fred Veitch in a stock Porsche 911 Turbo S, which competed in the Time Attack 2 category. Part of the 991 generation, the 911 Turbo S had a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter flat-six rated at 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
|Time Attack 2 (Production)||2015||David Donner||2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S||10:26.896|
|Vintage Car||2017||Spencer Steele||1995 PVA 2||10:25.989|
|Sidecar||2016||John Wood & Matthew Blank||1999 Shelbourne Superlite F2||11:26.644|
|Vintage Motorcycle||2012||Marc LaNoue||1969 Triumph Bonnie||12:39.782|
Five years later and Bentley’s grand tourer completed the course eight seconds quicker than a full-fledged sports car. Rhys Millen needed 10:18.488 minutes to drive from start to finish and did so with an average speed of 69.84 mph. The Continental GT features a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W-12 rated at an impressive 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. But while it’s significantly more powerful than the Porsche 911 Turbo S, it’s also notably heavier. The British two-door tips the scales at more than 4,900 pounds, whereas the 911 Turbo S weighs less than 3,600 pounds. So Millen’s achievement is quite impressive given the inferior power-to-weight ratio.
|Engine||6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12|
|Horsepower||626 HP @ 6,000 RPM|
|Torque||664 LB-FT @ 1,350-4,500 RPM|
|Transmission||dual-clutch eight-speed automatic|
|0 to 60 mph||3.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||207 mph|
This record says a lot about the latest Continental GT
The latest Continental GT is quite the dynamic car
Bentley’s new record is a big deal. The Conti GT is quite the heavy grand tourer, and even though it’s more powerful than the 911 Turbo S, it’s power-to-weight ratio is inferior. This means that the latest Continental GT is quite the dynamic car. Definitely better than you’d expect from a vehicle that’s 190 inches long and tips the scales at almost 5,000 pounds.
It also says a lot about Bentley’s W-12 engine, which was able to cope with the changing atmosphere between the starting and the finish lines. With the start line at 9,300 feet and climbing to 14,100 feet to reach the end of the course, the air is one third less dense than at sea level. This proves that Bentley did its homework when it tested the Continental GT in all sorts of environments, from the hot cities of Southern Europe to the cold plains of Scandinavia.
Bentley now owns two Pikes Peak records
The Continental GT isn't the first Bentley to set a record at Pikes Peak.
In 2018, a Bentley Bentayga was driven up the mountain, also by Rhys Millen, in 10:49.9 minutes. This time set a new record for production SUVs, taking nearly two seconds off the previous record. So Bentley now owns records for both production cars and SUVs at Pikes Peak. That’s great achievement for the company’s 100th anniversary this year.
|2017||Clint Vahsholtz||2013 Ford Open||9:35.747|
|2018||Romain Dumas||Volkswagen I.D. R[note 1]||7:57.148|
|2018||David Donohue||2017 Porsche 911 GT3 R||9:37.152|
|2018||Peter Cunningham||2018 Acura TLX GT||9:27.352|
|2018||Travis Pastrana||2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||10:33.897|
|Electric||Modified||2018||Romain Dumas||Volkswagen I.D. R||7:57.148|
|Production||2016||Blake Fuller||2016 Tesla Model S P90D||11:48.264|
|Diesel||Exhibition||2015||Uwe Nittel||2016 Mercedes Benz C300 d 4 MATIC||11:37.149|
|Natural Gas||Open Wheel||1993||Johnnie Rogers||Wells-Coyote||11:50.090|
|Propane||Exhibition/PPO||2012||Randy Schranz||2012 Shelby Cobra||11:11.218|
|Turbine||Open Rally||1981||Steve Bolan||Bolan-Allison||15:27.180|
|Hybrid||Time Attack 1||2018||James Robinson||2017 Acura NSX||10:02.448|
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