||6.0 L W-12
paddle auto, AWD
/ 4937 lbs
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
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
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.
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