This year, British ultra-luxury marque Bentley has hit the century mark. Founded on January 18, 1919, Bentley is joining a growing number of automakers that have reached 100 years in the automotive business. Of course, Bentley has kicked off celebrations already and they have done so by introducing a bespoke model.
For their 100th birthday, Bentley has revealed the Continental GT Number 9. Only 100 of these Number 9s will be made, and each one will be hand crafted by the folks of Mulliner. The design of the special Continental GT takes inspiration from the 'Blower' Bentley, which raced in Le Mans in 1930. As for the number 9, it was the same number of Sir Henry Ralph Stanley ‘Tim’ Birkin's car that did the endurance trial all those years ago.
The modern-day homage is also draped in dark green which Bentley calls Viridian Green. However, if you're lucky enough to be in the market for one, you can also order in Beluga Black. It also gets Number 9 badges strewn all over the exterior, as well as big 9 graphic on the radiator grill. It then rides on 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheels, and most of the brightwork is replaced by gloss black trim finishers. Last but not least is the carbon kit, which includes a splitter, side skirts and diffuser at the back.
Inside, affluent customers have a choice of either green or black leather trimmings. The signature 'Flying B' logos are then embossed on the seat headrests and door panels as a tribute to the original Bentley Blower. It also has an Art Deco-inspired center stack and console plus a British Jaeger dashboard clock for added vintage feel and design. Amping up its exclusivity is the 18K gold plated organ stops inspired by those in the classic race car, along with ‘1 of 100’ treadplates.
As for performance, the Continental GT Number 9 uses the same 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine. It's good for 635 PS and has a stump pulling amount of torque at 900 Nm. It shifts through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and it sends its power to all four wheels. All that grunt propels the 2.2 ton grand tourer, and gives it a 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds. Keep stepping on the accelerator and it will then bring you to a top speed of 333 km/h.