In 2003, the Bentley Continental GT marked a major transition for the British marque: it was the brand’s first to run on a platform shared with Volkswagen Group products. It turned out to be a massive success. The proof: Bentley has just celebrated its 80,000th Continental GT produced, an Orange Flame V8 version.

To celebrate this event, Bentley has put together a few versions that have marked the career of the imposing British coupe (or convertible). A family reunion with notably the very first production “Conti GT” to come off the production line with the VIN 0001. It is apparently owned by Bentley and continues to run regularly.

Note also the first generation of Continental Supersports, a sporty variant that Bentley unveiled in 2009. It had a 6.0-liter W12 engine developing 630 horsepower (463 kilowatts) and could reach a speed of 329 kilometers per hour. .

There are also racing models, or which have broken records. Just like this Continental GT which in 2007 traveled at 321.65 km / h on ice, with Juha Kankkunen at the wheel, on a frozen part of the sea off the Finnish coast.

Two generations of GT3 racing cars have won victories, including one at the 12 Hours of Bathurst in Australia in 2020. And then there is this model which broke a record for a production car in the ascent of the famous race. of Pikes Peak hill in 2019.

To complete the exhibition there was a second generation Continental GT V8 S in Jetstream color. Finally, a Dragon Red convertible from the current press fleet was present.

Finally, here are some numbers: According to Bentley, there are 17 billion ways to customize a Continental GT in the current lineup. In total, 3 generations of Bentley Continental GTs have followed one another, over 18 years. And while CO2 emissions have fallen by 48% in the Continental GT range since its inception, power has increased by 27% at the same time.

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