Bentley has announced today its fastest and most powerful production model to date: the new Bentley Continental Supersports.
A top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds) make the new Continental Supersports the world’s fastest and most powerful four-seat car and the Convertible takes the open-top 4-seat title.
Engine & Performance
Bentley’s W12 engine has been redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware and a torque vectoring system. Unique styling cues inside and out also give the new model a distinctive look.
Extensive engine revisions result in an increase of 80 PS (79 bhp) and 217 Nm (160 lb.ft.) over the 2009 Bentley Continental Supersports model – a 10 percent power-to-weight and 25 percent torque-to-weight ratio improvement. The top speed rises by five miles per hour (and the 0-60 mph time drops by 0.3 seconds) – which just goes to show how hard it is to squeeze out additional performance at this level.
The new Supersports is fitted with high-performance carbon ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling. Lightweight 21” forged alloy wheels offer a 20 kg weight saving in unsprung mass. A further 5 kg weight-saving is offered via an optional titanium exhaust system which Bentley claims sounds incredible – judge for yourself in the video. The new Supersports is the lightest-ever iteration of the current Continental GT and lighter than the 2009 four-seat Supersports model.
The Supersports also has a specifically calibrated and updated version of the torque vectoring system first introduced on the Continental GT3-R. The system brakes individual front and rear wheels during acceleration out of corners to increase performance, whilst maintaining full power to unbraked wheels, and brakes the inside rear wheel on turn-in to improve agility.
If you had forgotten, the Continental is AWD and the Supersports retains the rear-biased torque split of Bentley’s system, sending 60 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard for a sporting character, but with the ability to adjust the front-rear power split depending on available traction.
Exterior changes include newly sculpted front and rear bumper designs incorporating a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively, new side sill extensions and bonnet vents also finished in carbon-fibre, gloss-black front wing vents and a new gloss-black, rifled exhaust tailpipe design. Completing the exterior look are dark-tint headlamps and tail-lamps, and a complement of black-finished brightware to the front grilles, lights, rear bumper, door handles and window surrounds.
There is also an optional rear spoiler and front splitter combination for the coupe, new Supersports badging, a new black and bright-machined finish for the 21” forged alloy wheels and optional side decals. Further highlighting the enhanced performance, an optional gloss-finished, Supersports-branded carbon-fibre engine cover can be specified.
The new car has the first tri-tone interior offered in this generation Continental GT. A new diamond-quilted design is incorporated in the seats and door side panels for a unique signature in Alcantara, while chequered Supersports carbon-fibre fascia panels join the existing list of finishes available. The interior is completed by new Supersports emblem stitching, and a bespoke Supersports steering wheel and unique gearlever, both featuring Alcantara accents.
X Specification pack
For customers seeking even more personalisation, an‘X Specification’ pack is available, consisting of eight unique duo-tone paint treatments and carbon-fibre door mirrors and heel plates. The titanium exhaust option is included, as is a carbon-fibre finish to the interior side panels, the carbon-fibre engine cover and a gloss black finish to the 21” forged wheels.
The Conti keeps getting better and better as it evolves. In terms of outright performance for the luxury it offers nothing else really comes close. Yes, it’s a big car but Bentley have managed to give it a sporting edge that shouldn’t really be possible on a car that offers this much comfort and refinement as well as a badge that just keeps getting cooler and cooler.
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