Pirelli, Official Technical Partner, celebrates the launch of the new Continental GT equipped with the new P Zero™
Since the 1980s Pirelli tyres have been delivering performance and comfort for Bentley cars. From the first Mulsanne to the Turbo R and RT versions, the luxurious alloy wheel rims sported low profile Pirelli tyres.
At the turn of the last century, the Bentley Continental was shod with the Asymmetric Pirelli P Zero™, as the elegant Arnage later did. For this car, Pirelli put together a specific version of the P Zero™ Rosso, an Ultra High Performance tyre perfect for combining sportiness with comfort.
The partnership strengthened in the new century with the arrival of the Continental GT, for which the first winter tyre approved up to a speed of 270 km/h was designed: the Pirelli Winter Sottozero™ II. During this time, Pirelli also supplied the P Zero™ Rosso for the Continental Flying Spur.
Fast forward to 2015 and the launch of Bentley’s new Bentayga: the British manufacturer’s first SUV, and the first Bentley built for off roading. In order to rise to the new challenges posed by use on a range of challenging surfaces, Pirelli and Bentley jointly developed P Zero™ and a Scorpion Verde All Season for the newborn Bentley.
Alongside the history of factory cars is Bentley's competition heritage, particularly in connection to the GT Series, such as the Continental GT3 which, for years, has been one of the most popular vehicles in the Blancpain GT Series endurance races. In 2014, the GT3 gave rise to the GT3-R, a special street version of which only 300 units were produced, fitted with Pirelli tyres.
BENTLEY AND PIRELLI THROUGH HISTORY