Luc Donckerwolke believes there's an appetite for more motorsport-inspired versions of the Continental GT3-R that could tempt younger buyers

An even more extreme version of the Bentley Continental GT3-R is possible, according to design chief Luc Donckerwolke.

The GT3-R was revealed as a range-topping performance version of the Continental at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. The production run was limited to just 300 examples which were hand-built in Crewe and finished in Bentley’s motorsport division.

Powered by a retuned version of Bentley’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, the Continental GT3-R produced 572bhp and 516lb ft, and was the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever, capable of reaching 60mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds.

Donckerwolke said that a more extreme, rear-wheel drive version of the GT3-R was possible and there would be an appetite for it.

"Why not?" he said, "as the GT3-R has been a success. We've sold all 300 and a lot of people would want an even more extreme one.

"I want us to celebrate our race success and have an even more extreme version, with not only an updated drive and powertrain but also new styling to closely link the race and road cars."

He also said that such a model would help bring younger buyers to Bentley: "There's a big opportunity to make more emotional cars in Bentley's future for younger people. We did it in the past and we can do it again."

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25 July 2014
Still no mention of the walk-out and 'peaceful protest' by the shop floor workers at Bentley in the week on Pyms Lane, then...? Why's that, Mark?

25 July 2014
Probably because thats more to do with politics and nothing to do with cars. Could you not imagine how dull this site would be if they went on about every fall out going in in every car company. It would make for some very dull stories.

25 July 2014
I think you may be thinking of the civil servants and firemen... In fact, it was about Bentley workers being put on a four day week because of "flattening of demand for luxury cars" later this year. So, nothing to do with politics and quite important if it leads to demise of certain sectors of the car industry. But then, that's "nothing to do with cars"...

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