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Bentley celebrates its racing heritage with two Bathurst special editions

 Published 10th February 2023
General Guides  New Launches 

If you're thinking of leasing yourself something special feel free to keep reading. Just bear in mind that no matter how much you beg and plead with us, the car we're about to discuss is never going to end up on your driveway. Not just because it's a Bentley either. You can't have one because the Bathurst Bentley is likely to be very, very exclusive so your chances are almost zero.

Bathurst is a relatively small city situated around 120 miles from Sydney. Sitting at the edge of the Great Dividing Range, it was the site of the first gold discovery and the centre of Australia's first gold rush back in the 1850s. What began as a depot at the end of the Great Western Highway now boasts an historic city centre and a population of around 40,000 people – except when an extra 200,000 people turn up a few times a year to drink beer, barbecue meat, and argue about the relative merits of Ford vs Holden as various classes of racing car tear around the iconic Mount Panorama circuit.

Bathurst Bentley interior

Not that Ford or Holden managed to keep pace with the Bentley GT 3 these two cars are paying homage to.

Coach builders, Mulliner, and Bentley Sydney have created a pair of special Bentleys inspired by the gruelling Bathurst 12 Hour, where Bentley was victorious in 2020 with its Continental GT3 racer. The recent launch in Australia of the new Continental GT S provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate V8-powered performance, with the special edition paying tribute to the road car's racing sibling, the Continental GT3.

The two cars in the pair both have individual specifications. Each car will also be supplied with a commemorative framed artefact and a 1:18 scale model of the winning car.

The first car takes inspiration from the winning race car, with an exterior in bright Apple Green and contrasting black roof, wing mirrors, lower bumper, and rear boot silhouette. The unique front end also includes a number seven painted on the grille matrix, as per the racer. The second car is painted in Silver Tempest to celebrate the second-generation Continental GT3 that was launched in late 2017 and started competing in 2018. Car number two mirrors the first, with black chrome and the carbon fibre Styling Specification to the exterior and a bespoke cabin.

The performance theme continues with the inclusion of the Blackline Specification – replacing all exterior chrome with polished black versions - and the Styling Specification (front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser in carbon fibre) giving them an appropriately aggressive look.

Lease a Bentley Continental GT S instead

There is a small sliver of hope if you really want one though. You may not be able to lease one of the Bathurst Bentleys but that doesn't mean you can't get your hands on the Continental GT S they're based on with a Bentley lease.

The Continental GT S range boasts a 542bhp 4.0-litre V8 engine, delivering a time of just 4.0 seconds for 0-62mph. The engine is further enhanced by the fitment as standard of a Sports Exhaust to amplify the V8 growl.

Headlamps and rear lights are dark tinted, while all the exterior chrome is replaced with gloss black – with only the winged Bentley badge and lettering being finished in bright chrome – much like the special editions. A gloss black wing finishes off the darker exterior look, giving the GT S a more assertive stance regardless of the limitless choice of exterior colours it's paired with, nor the two-tone interior colour split that's unique to the S models.

It may not have the exclusivity of the Bathurst specials, but we bet none of you would be too disappointed to open the curtains in the morning and see a gorgeous Bentley Continental GT S parked on the drive instead.

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