Bentley has created a one-off version of its Continental GT to have a good time the seventieth anniversary of its R-Kind Continental.
The particular Bentley Continental GT V8 Azure pays homage to the 50s icon with its Outdated English White exterior end, vivid chrome detailing, and 22-inch black polished wheels.
Burr Walnut open-pore veneer is utilized liberally all through the cabin and Cricket Ball leather-based that includes Beluga leather-based piped accents present a devoted recreation of JAS 949, the unique unit in Bentley’s reserves referred to by its quantity plate.
This mannequin, initially owned by Dr Rowland Guenin of Switzerland, options Ivory paint and a pink leather-based inside.
JAS 949 is one among solely 208 models of the unique R-Kind Continental ever constructed and is a part of the 43-car heritage assortment that lives at Bentley’s Heritage Storage at its headquarters in Crewe.
As with the usual Continental GT Azure, the one-off contains a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine producing 404kW of energy and 770Nm of torque, despatched to all 4 wheels by means of a ZF-sourced eight-speed dual-clutch automated.
It has a high pace of 319km/h and may full the 0 to 100km/h dash in 4 seconds.
The R-Kind Continental, in distinction, had a 4.6-litre inline six-cylinder engine producing 114kW of energy by means of a four-speed close-ratio gearbox, that took the mannequin from 0 to 100 km/h in 13.6 seconds.
Launched in 1953, the R-Kind Continental was described as ‘a contemporary magic carpet which annihilates nice distances’ and was the world’s quickest four-seat luxurious saloon on the time with a high pace of 185km/h.
The design ideas of the unique R-Kind Continental, similar to the facility line from the entrance wheel, the rear haunches, and the sloping roofline, have been constructed upon for each iteration of the Continental GT since its launch in 2003.
As within the Bentyaga, the newest era Continental GT Azure is fitted with Bentley’s tech-loaded seats which have a therapeutic massage operate to supply ‘micro-adjustments in muscle and posture’ to stop driver fatigue, in addition to adjustable aspect bolsters, electrical seatbelts, and luxury headrests.
The mannequin additionally options Dynamic Experience, an lively anti-roll management system that ensures a easy journey by making use of as much as 1300Nm of anti-roll torque to stop motion within the cabin.
The particular Azure can be put to work on Bentley’s press fleet, with journalists additionally given entry to JAS 949.