Bentley’s engineers have one of the harder jobs in motoring, because they make heavy cars that are meant to be both luxurious and sporting and whose top speeds usually start with a two.

Marrying those things isn’t without compromise, so it’s a credit to them that the GT3-R is as pleasing to drive as it is and that it rides as well as it does, particularly given that – in order to retain decent control – they’ve stiffened the front spring rates by 45 percent and the rears by 33 percent.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The GT3-R is still a fine car to drive over distances, putting up decent resistance to undulations, crests and dips

The damping stiffness can still be varied from the cabin, and while ideally you’d want the body control from its firmest setting yet the comfort of the softest setting, a point somewhere in the middle does an extremely good job.

The ride is really little worse than that of a standard Continental GT, which means the GT3-R is still a fine car to drive over distances, absorbing bad surfaces well and putting up decent resistance to undulations, crests and dips.

Naturally, it’s stable at higher speeds, too, with middling-speed and confidently weighted steering that’s solid and moderately responsive. Given where the GT3-R could have ended up, it’s an impressive piece of dynamic kit.

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