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Bentley builds a Continental GT as tribute to the car that inspired the model
bentley is staying quite busy with its tribute models. it's built yet another 2023 continental gt, in azure trim, that's based on a notable past model. but unlike the bathurst cars, this one appears to be just for bentley, and it's based on a much older car: a 1953 r-type continental. more specifically, it's based on the 1953 r-type continental bentley keeps in its historic fleet. it's a car that was purchased by the company in 2001 and has been maintained and preserved. the r-type continental is an important model for bentley for a couple of reasons. it's a neat model on its own as a coupe version of the r-type sedan that got a relatively light aluminum body, and its 4.6-liter straight-six could propel the continental to nearly 120 mph. but it also was the inspiration for the first-generation continental gt launched in 2003. so this special continental gt azure brings everything full circle. it's painted old english white with a cricket ball leather interior to match the white-over-red of the '53 example. bentley says the burr walnut wood trim with boxwood inlays was given a natural finish lacquer to match the aged wood on the old car. and as an azure, this continental gt comes with a variety of comfort-oriented features such as the active anti-roll bars and ultra-adjustable seats with massage. under the hood is the standard twin-turbo 4.0-liter v8 making 542 hp.