The Bentley Continental GT has never been a true sporting Bentley, it’s more a large GT car to do GT things in, but not something to tackle a corner. The Bentleys of old were big things that also had sporting pretensions. That’s what the GT3 R is.

Last week at our Performance Car of the Year test, we had a Bentley Continental GT3-R along for the ride. And while it makes absolutely no sense when looked at rationally, it makes a whole heap of sense when you look at it in the context of the Bentley name.

Let Jack Baruth explain.