Bentley Does It (Again) with Six Le Mans Limited Edition’s
Is there anything that can instil those spine-tingling shivers quite like the roar of a Bentley engine? How about six of them?
During the roaring ’20s Bentley went from strength to strength. Racing triumphs proved reliability, speed and performance – and sales soared. These were the years of the Bentley Boys: the mercurial motor racing drivers of their time. Extraordinary adventures were followed by extravagant victory celebrations: five storming Le Mans victories and a successful return in 2003 secured the sixth historical win.
Ten years on, and Bentley is bringing the spirit of the Bentley Boys back in the form of some epic new sets of wheels.
The mighty British marque is releasing not one, but six, Le Mans Limited Edition’s. Available in Bentley’s flagship Mulsanne and Continental GT models, each car has been inspired by a driver from Bentley’s six victories at the legendary 24 Hours race.
For the limited edition Mulsanne, think diamond-quilted hide seat covering, Le Mans illuminated treadplates, drilled alloy foot pedals, sports tuned suspension and steering, ‘Quad’ Effect Tailpipe Finishers, and two-piece five-spoke dark tint alloy wheels.
For the Continental GT, just think power – because the Le Mans Edition will house a 6.0-litre W12 instead of the normal 4.0-litre twin turbo V8. Speed freaks will appreciate the boosted 616 bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque available from 2000 rpm. Zero to sixty in 4.0 seconds and the fastest production Bentley ever.
All of the gutsy Bentley Boy heros will be honoured by an individualised (big, epic) tribute car. The John Duff inspired edition is all about moonbeam exteriors, two-tone linen and beluga interiors and piano black and aluminium veneers. The Woolf Barnato (considered “the best driver we ever had” by W.O. Bentley) is a wolf-whistling combo of granite exterior, hotspur with beluga stitching interior and a dark burr walnut veneer. Dudley Benjafield, Tim Birkin, Glen Kidston and Guy Smith, the other elite racing characters, have each had their own dash of crowd-pleasing detailing cut in their honour.
There are only 48 cars in total. Burn some rubber and go buy one.