Marrying classic lines with unsurpassed power, Bentley has unleashed the new Continental Supersports, its fastest and most powerful production model ever. Available as a coupe or a convertible (making it the fastest four-seat convertible on the planet), and with a top speed of 336km/hr, the new Continental Supersports leaps to 100km/hr in just 3.4 seconds, yet does so with the elegance of a stately sedan.
This fusion of extremes in luxury and performance makes the Supersports the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define and dominate the grand touring genre. All that power stems from Bentley’s mighty W12 engine, redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware. A torque vectoring system created specially for the Continental Supersports ensures this marque is as agile as it is powerful, while unique styling cues inside and out give the new model a sharpened athletic appearance that highlights its spectacular performance potential. Key to the Supersports’ additional outputs are newly designed, higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised charge-air cooling system, which create more boost and additional power, resulting in a 10 percent power-to-weight and 25 percent torque-to-weight ratio improvement over the 2009 model.
In order to rein in this immense power, the new Supersports is fitted with high-performance carbon ceramic brakes, the largest of their type in the world, which sit behind lightweight 21-inch forged alloy wheels, together offering a 20kg weight saving in unsprung mass. A further 5kg weight-saving is offered via an optional titanium exhaust system, making the new Supersports also the lightest-ever iteration of the current Continental GT.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Bentley without some luxurious refinement. Within the new Supersports, a unique colour split has been created, using three hues in 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 ten veneers and technical finishes available. The interior is complemented by new Supersports emblem stitching, and a bespoke Supersports steering wheel and gearlever, both featuring Alcantara accents. www.bentleymotors.com