The Bentley Continental R is an exclusive grand tourer and was inspired by a race of wealthy Italians in 1997. At that time, the car cost up to one billion Italian lira – roughly equivalent to about 612,000 USD at the moment. Through a recently posted video, car enthusiasts have the opportunity to learn about a unique model as well as see what is behind the wheel of a custom-built machine.
Carlo Talamo was an importer of Harley-Davidson, Rolls-Royce and Bentley in Italy at that time, which is why he had some special influence on the British carmaker. He used to want to own one of the famous Blower Bentleys, but the price for owning it was out of his reach. Instead, he asked Bentley to “revive” the Blower with a more modern prototype.
Project 116 was built on the prototype Bentley Continental R. With this model, Bentley has cut about 200 kg compared to the conventional commercial model. The car owns a number of exterior changes such as an aluminum bonnet with NACA pipes and a hole to access and change engine oil. The car has been removed two front headlights on each side and replaced with mesh parts. The grille of the car remains the same compared to the regular versions, but the inner propeller has been painted in prominent yellow and visible through the mesh. The vehicle is equipped with wider wheels than the commercial version.
The car is equipped with a 6.7-liter V8 engine with a number of different adjustments. Tweaks include a larger turbocharger and an upgraded air filter. From there, the car is capable of producing up to 425 horsepower and 908 Nm of torque.
Inside the interior compartment, Bentley has made some major changes such as the removal of the rear seats. The car has also been equipped with an anti-roll frame and multi-point seat belts. This is still a Bentley, so luxury remains one of the top important factors. The interior of the car is equipped with diamond leather leather and wood-paneled details in the cabin.
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