You need to buy this mad, W12-engined, off-road Bentley


For €80,000 (S$130,000), you can have an apocalypse-ready Continental GT with 552bhp

We suspect that in 2004, when this particular Bentley GT rolled off the production line, it had no idea about the hand that life would eventually deal it.


But, as famously noted in Spielberg’s classic dino flick, life finds a way. This is the Bentley Continental GT ‘Off Road’, as if it needed that suffix to clarify.


Yep, for 14 happy years, this Conti GT racked up 85,166 km on its 6.0-litre W12 engine. Then Classic Youngtimers decided to prepare it for a new life; perhaps for impending worldwide apocalypse. Or maybe they just thought it’d be cool. Works on both counts really.


The suspension was jacked up three inches. The stabilisers, air suspension, front and rear wings, and arches were all significantly modified. It features a custom spare wheel on the roof, a custom skid plate at the back, new rear light bush covers, four Hella LED lights, a specially made roof rack, and bespoke 20in wheels with 285-section ‘high-speed’ all terrain tyres.


Even the exhaust has been tuned, “for better sound and more power”. Mirrors and grille? Matt black. Because menace.


There’s been no tune to that engine, but none needs doing. It’s still a 6.0-litre W12 unit, pumping out a solid 552bhp and 479lb ft of torque. This is matched to a Torsen-based permanent four-wheel-drive setup, and - in the regular, non-apocalypse-ready Conti GT - capable of 0-100km/h in 4.8s and top speed of 318km/h.


To be honest, we don’t care how fast this thing is to 100km/h. Nor how it handles. Nor how fast it is on a destricted road or runway. Because LOOK AT IT. It is superb.


And there’s even more good news. Classic Youngtimers is selling this very vehicle for the frankly bargain sum of €80,000 (S$130,000). Literal, actual peanuts, considering what you’re getting.

View the listing here

STORY Vijay Pattni

Author: TopGear
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