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2010-02-15 09:41
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Bentley
Model Continental GT
Engine W12
Power 477kW
When you think bespoke Bentleys, Dublin does not first come to mind - does it?

Don’t make the Irish off as a bunch of Gaelic spewing, Guinness drinking automotive gingers though.

Trevor Musgrave’s company – Onyx – is planning to turn out some pretty audacious looking aftermarket styling conversions for Bentley’s Continental GT from its base in the republic’s capital.

Employing a collection of (allegedly) master craftsman, Onyx has been able to tailor its latest offering, the elaborately titled Continental Platinum GTO.

A GTO – not a Pontiac or Ferrari though

You don’t really need to be a genius to deduce the Platinum GTO is based on Bentley’s big-daddy Continental coupe. Affixing the ‘GTO’ moniker surely raises expectations, and in terms of presence the Continental Platinum hardly disappoints.

The Continental GT’s surfacing has been embellished with a raft of modifications to convert it to Platinum GTO grade.

A new front bumper houses LED daytime running diodes and is framed by a carbon-fibre splitter. Expanded wheel arches house 22-inch matte black alloy wheels, whilst a decklid spoiler and aerodynamically certified diffuser round off the styling trinkets at the back.

Bentley’s Continental GT is not a particularly subtle car to start with. After Onyx has added the Platinum GTO pack it boasts inarguable overtaking (or fast-lane clearing) presence.

Big W12 numbers

Backing up the Platinum GTO’s bold styling treatment is an engine tweak which releases an additional 65kW from the W12 engine – boosting power to a 477kW peak value.

Onyx is coy about what they’ve done to extract the power boost, yet we suspect it’s not a complete Leprecon mystery – probably just some ECU reprogramming and fancy exhaust plumbing.

Onyx’s Dublin facility will be geared to turn stock Continental GTs into full-blown Platinum GTOs for discerning customers by the end of this month.

Price? Well, that’s pretty much a matter between yourself and Trevor Musgrave.


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