While it’s important to take a critical view and to benchmark cars like the GT3-R, this test will be of limited use if you’re only now deciding that it’s exactly the sort of machine that’s been missing from your motoring life.
The production of 300 cars is now all but run, the entirety of the UK’s allocation (34 cars, according to unofficial sources) is sold and only a handful of unsold examples remain in franchise stock around the world.
So while the idea of importing a right-hand-driver from, say, Japan or South Africa wouldn’t be out of the question for anyone well heeled enough to afford the car’s £237,500 asking price in the first place, the plain truth is that even abroad you’ll be very lucky to find a Bentley dealer with a GT3-R to sell. And unlike with the Continental Supersports, there will be no convertible version.
The GT3-R’s price tag plainly reflects the situation Bentley found itself in after the abundance of interest shown in the original GT3 concept of 2012.
A 40 percent premium over even a W12 GT Speed is a big one for the Continental – but the rate at which Bentley has sold the cars would suggest that it’s not too big. Limited supply should keep residual values higher than the GT’s normal standard, but exactly how much higher remains to be seen.
That question will certainly be a bigger one for GT3-R owners than whether they’ll get 20mpg on a mixed run. For what it’s worth, our testing suggests that they won’t. Claimed fuel economy on a combined cycle is 22.3mpg, however during our thorough test we averaged 17.7mpg, even registering as low as 4.7mpg during heavy-footed runs.