It may weigh over two tonnes and be crammed full of posh wood and leather, but the Bentley Continental GT is a handy thing in the dynamics department. Want some evidence? It just ran the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 10:18.488, a new production car record.
Bentley fielded Rhys Millen for the effort, who was able to smash the former production record of 10:26.9, set by David Donner in a Porsche 911 Turbo S in 2015.
The Continental GT in question was in factory spec, save for a roll cage, a fire extinguisher system and a race seat with a six-point harness. The W12-powered waft machine ran as #100 in reference to 2019 being Bentley’s centenary.
It’s not Crewe’s first headline-grabbing assault on the hill climb - which involves 156 corners and a climb of 5000 feet. Last year, it sent Millen drove a Bentayga at the ‘Race to the Clouds’, nabbing the production SUV record after completing the course in 10:49.9 - two minutes faster than the previous holder.