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Bentley Continental Supersports SS

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports interior

Bentley Continental Supersports interior

Year 2009
Engine 6.0 L W-12 twin turbo
Transmission 6-speed, paddle auto, AWD
Max speed 204 mph
0-60 mph 3.7 seconds
Horsepower 621 hp
weight 2240 kg / 4937 lbs

The Bentley Continental Supersports is the first Bentley model to be designed with some thought given to the environment. Bentleys will never be the most economical or environmentally friendly of vehicles but at least they're recognizing the fact that times are changing.

The Continental Supersports began as an 'under the radar' project exploring the possibilities of weight reduction on the Continental GT but with more power and torque.

Powering the Continental Supersports is a twin-turbocharged, 6.0 litre W12 engine which is capable of running on either regular gasoline or E85 biofuel, or a mixture of both. Despite the flex fuel capability the Supersports engine produces a massive 621 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 800Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque @ 1,700 rpm - 5,600 rpm. This means the Continental Supersports can reach 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, 100 mph in 8.9 seconds, and top out at 204 mph.

The Continental Supersports is fitted with Bentley's carbon-ceramic brakes as standard – the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a production car. The large diameter (420 mm front, 356 mm rear), lightweight discs and eight-piston calipers offer fade-resistant braking performance with minimal disc distortion under high thermal conditions. Overall, the engineering team have achieved a weight reduction of 110 kg (243 lb) compared with the Continental GT Speed.

The Continental Supersports agility is further sharpened by the 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system, a wider rear track, bespoke lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels and a unique electronic stability program.

Cosmetic changes to the Bentley Continental Supersports have arisen due to the new powertrain. For example, the increased power and torque of the W12 engine necessitated additional airflow to the twin turbocharger intercoolers and cooling system. Bentley's designers responded with a purposeful and dramatic style that features large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents. Similarly, new flared rear wings that accommodate the 50 mm (2 inches) wider rear track are designed to emphasize the powerful stance of this ultrahigh performance coupe.

The Supersports is further distinguished by a unique dark-smoked steel finish to all exterior 'brightware', including front grilles, lamp bezels, window surrounds and wheels. A complex 'Physical Vapour Deposition' process is applied to all stainless steel components to give a lustrous and highly durable finish.

Commenting on the new Supersports model, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Bentley's Chairman and Chief Executive said: "The Continental Supersports reflects the passion and enthusiasm of Bentley's engineers and designers. This is the fastest, most extreme Bentley ever, dramatically styled to underline its supercar character. Importantly, it also pioneers the use of FlexFuel technology in the luxury sector."

Fully embracing the extreme spirit of Supersports, Bentley's designers have created a unique ambience for the interior of this most 'driver focused' of Bentley cars. They have crafted a dedicated two-seat cabin that blends traditional leather hide with three new materials for Bentley – carbon fibre, AlcantaraTM and 'Soft Touch' leather. Traditional Bentley craftsmanship and fine detailing is retained but given a very different interpretation.


Source: Bentley



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