Le Mans has been part of Bentley’s DNA for 100 years. Bentley entered the very first 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1923 and went on to take an astonishing five wins between 1924 and 1930, with this exceptionally demanding race pushing the company on to ever-greater heights of engineering innovation. In 2001, Bentley returned to Le Mans and secured third place. But the team wanted more, so they came back again the next year, and the year after that. And in 2003, the Speed 8 took both first and second place – just as Bentley had done 73 years earlier. Now, in celebration of that stunning victory, Bentley are thrilled to release the Continental GT Le Mans Collection, an exclusive coupé crafted by Mulliner.
The Continental GT Le Mans Collection is a series of specially designed and luxuriously crafted coupes, with fewer than 50 cars created. The collection represents a stunning example of Mulliner craftsmanship – one inspired by a truly glorious episode in the Bentley story. The Le Mans Collection relives this moment, while also representing the enduring spirit of the Bentley brand. Consider it a fitting tribute to Bentley’s long racetrack history.
Based on the Continental GT Speed, the cars in the Le Mans Collection represent the ultimate in Bentley performance. They are powered by the latest iteration of Bentley’s legendary 6.0 litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine, the most successful 12-cylinder engine in history. But the engine is only part of the story. The cars also showcase the very latest in Bentley’s chassis technology. That means they are equipped with active all-wheel drive, an 8-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, all-wheel steering and torque vectoring by both brake and electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) – for total control, even when the car is pushed to the limit.
The incredible performance of these special edition cars is matched only by their luxurious specification. Demonstrating the ultimate in bespoke Mulliner design and craftsmanship, every car in the Le Mans Collection celebrates a moment in motorsport history that will never be forgotten.
Inside and out, the cars stand as stunning examples of Mulliner’s design
and craftsmanship. From the exterior paintwork and racetrack-style
detailing to bespoke illumination and unique features such as the clock,
every aspect of these cars has been tailored to tell a story. And as a
commemorative finishing touch, a genuine piece of history is displayed
in the centre window of the Bentley Rotating Display: a carefully
machined slice of a valve from the engine that powered the winning Speed
8, back on that unforgettable day in 2003.