The Continental GT is the quickest production car at Pikes Peak!

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

The Bentley Continental GT Just Kicked The Porsche 911 Turbo's Ass Up Pikes Peak
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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.

Type Year Name Vehicle Time
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.

Bentley Continental GT specifications
Engine 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12
Capacity 5,950 cc
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 Bentley Continental GT Just Kicked The Porsche 911 Turbo's Ass Up Pikes Peak
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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 Bentley Continental GT Just Kicked The Porsche 911 Turbo's Ass Up Pikes Peak
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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.

Pikes Peak records
Year Name Vehicle Time
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
Pikes Peak - Alternative Fuel Records[
Fuel Division/Class Year Name Vehicle Time
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

Further reading

The Bentley Continental GT Just Kicked The Porsche 911 Turbo's Ass Up Pikes Peak
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Read our full review on the 2019 Bentley Continental GT Pikes Peak #100.

2018 Bentley Continental GTC
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Read our full review on the 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible.

2018 Bentley Continental GT High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.

Bentley Bentayga smashes SUV record at Pikes Peak
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Bentley Bentayga smashes SUV record at Pikes Peak

Continental GT fastest production car ever on world renowned course
Ultimate Grand Tourer beats International Hill Climb record by 8 seconds
Continental GT W12, driven by Rhys Millen, completed course in 10:18.488
Car raced under #100 to recognise Bentley’s centenary year
Follows record-setting run by Bentley Bentayga in 2018
(Crewe, 1 July 2019) The Bentley Continental GT has reinforced its status as the finest Grand Tourer ever produced by claiming the outright record for a production car at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, 30th of June, 2019 in Colorado, USA.

Driven by three-time champion, former “King of the Mountain’ Rhys Millen (NZ), the Continental GT conquered the 12.42-mile course in just 10:18.488 taking 8 seconds off the previous record and averaging an astonishing 69.848 mph.

Climbing almost 5,000ft through 156 bends, Millen combined his driving skills with the world’s most advanced 12-cylinder engine to claim the coveted record. With the start line at 9,300 ft and climbing to 14,100 ft, the air is 1/3 less dense than at sea level.

Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Brian Gush, says: “This new record once again proves that the spirit of endeavour and desire to push the boundaries of automotive performance remain at the beating heart of Bentley. It clearly demonstrates the Continental GT’s astonishing breadth of ability.”

Millen said after his record run: “"This is an amazing finish to a wet, snowy 2019 run at Pikes Peak! We came here with one goal in mind, and that was to be the fastest production car up the mountain and set a new record. It was an incredible week. Today was a challenge with what Mother Nature threw at us, but the Continental GT held strong all the way to the top, and we are now Number One”

Just 12 months ago, the Bentley Bentayga demonstrated its outstanding performance credentials by claiming the outright record for a production SUV on the Pikes Peak course. Again piloted by Millen, the world’s most luxurious SUV completed the course in just 10:49.9, taking nearly two minutes off the previous record.

100 Years Of Extraordinary
The record run, on one of the world’s most challenging motorsport courses, is the latest highlight of Bentley’s centenary year. From motorsport records, through to the incredibly powerful road cars of the modern era, all of Bentley’s extraordinary cars have innovation hand-built into them. 10th July 2019 marks Bentley’s 100th year - an incredible milestone achieved by only a few companies.

A year-long series of special activities continues during 2019, with celebrations at other events around the world. They will showcase Bentley’s motoring evolution over the last 100 years, highlighting its global success today and the exciting future of innovation ahead.

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