Two of Bentley’s rarest machines land in New Zealand
Bentley has finalised production and delivery of its new Pikes Peak Edition Continental GTs. Just 15 of them have been made, with the New Zealand market getting two of them. And — yes — they’re both accounted for, having been delivered to their happy new owners.
The Pikes Peak Continental GT road car pays homage to the firm’s record-breaking production-car run at the illustrious hill-climb of the same name in 2019 with expat Kiwi Rhys Millen behind the wheel. It follows the Pikes Peak edition of the British firm’s Bentayga SUV (a handful of which also reside in New Zealand).
“Our cars represent the pinnacle of bespoke craftsmanship and everyday usability,” said Bernd Pichler, Regional Director of Bentley Motors in Asia- Pacific. “With Mulliner, we offer a world of possibilities in creating bespoke highly personalised products and small series limited editions to fulfil every desire of our customers.”
As previously reported, the Pikes Peak Continental GT picks up a number of key changes — including its Radium Green Mulliner paintwork and optional side and roof-applied mountain decal and ‘100’ decal on the grille — a reference to the marque’s 100th anniversary.
It also gains a carbon fibre body kit and Acid Green brake calipers behind its 22-inch Mulliner wheels. Those wheels come wrapped in the Conti’s main performance upgrade, a set of green-walled Pirelli PZero Colour Edition tyres.
Inside its carbon fibre and alcantara-clad cabin features a range of Pikes Peak motifs, including a trace of the hill-climb layout layered into the dashboard, embossed logos on the four head rests, and Radium highlights on the quilted leather seats and B&O speaker grilles.
Under the bonnet is the brand’s familiar 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine, producing 467kW of power and 900Nm of torque. Enough to hurl the grand tourer to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 333km/h.