THINK one of the world's most renowned hill climb courses; think course record and you'd more than likely think full-blown racing car.
Perhaps the last car you'd think of would be the Bentley Continental GT. But this was the car which shaved an impressive 8.4 seconds off the existing record for the Pikes Peak course in Colorado.
In doing so, driver Rhys Millen climbed almost 5,000 ft through 156 bends in just ten minutes, 18.4 seconds in the W12-powered Continental GT, making it the fastest production car ever on the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course.
To celebrate the achievement Bentley is building a limited run of just 15 Pikes Peak special edition versions of the Continental GT distinguished by a carbon fibre body kit and eye-catching acid green paintwork, mirroring the colour scheme used on the record-breaking car. Gloss black detailing has also been added to the front lower bumper inserts, roof panel, wing mirrors and rear surfaces.
Other special features include acid green brake disc calipers, matching Pirelli P Zero Colour Edition tyres on 22-inch gloss black alloys and Pikes Peak decals. An optional 100 marking on the radiator grille is a reminder that the hill climb record was set in Bentley's centenary year.
Inside the cabin, Alcantara with contrasting stitching adorns much of the soft trim areas, matched with Beluga secondary hide. The steering wheel features a honeycomb stitching design and a centre stripe, both in acid green. There's a Piano Black centre console while the passenger-side fascia features a graphic showing a section of the Pikes Peak track and the record-breaking time.