Speed King: Bentley Continental Supersports Unleashed
January 8, 2017
Bentley has unveiled the “world’s fastest and most powerful luxury four-seat car” – the new Continental Supersports.
As well as the mighty W12 engine, which has been redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware, Bentley claims its “torque vectoring system” creates a Continental Supersports that’s as agile as it is powerful.
The 700nhp Supersports is the most powerful and fastest-accelerating Bentley ever, capable of 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds) and a top speed of 209mph (336km/h).
Its soft-top sibling, the Continental Supersports Convertible, is the fastest four-seat convertible in the world, with a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 secs) and a 205mph (330 km/h) top speed.
Unique styling cues inside and out give the new model a sharpened athletic appearance highlighting its performance potential.
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, aerodynamically balanced 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 Continental Supersports Convertible offers the luxury and refinement of a coupe yet transforms into a head-turning open-tourer at the touch of a button. The multi-layer hood ensures high levels of refinement and acoustic insulation. Exhaustively tested in all conditions from -30°C to +50°C or more, it resists even monsoon-force rain and maintains comfortable, draft-free warmth even on the coldest days.
Another practical feature, the neck warmer, makes open air driving an appealing and comfortable prospect even on the cooler days of spring and autumn. Hood up, it’s as practical a year-round proposition as its coupé stablemate.
Inside, a new Alcantara diamond-quilted design has been incorporated in the seats and door side panels, while chequered Supersports carbon-fibre fascia panels join the existing list of 10 veneers and technical finishes available. The interior is completed by new Supersports emblem stitching, and a bespoke Supersports steering wheel and unique gearlever, both featuring Alcantara accents.
A titanium exhaust option is available for drivers seeking a more intense audible experience. As well as a stirring soundtrack, the Titanium system also provides a weight reduction.
For Supersports 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 Supersports name is legendary at Bentley,” explained Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors.
“From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 – and now with the third iteration of this iconic model – it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way.”
On sale in April, it’s believed the Continental Supersports coupe will cost £212,500, while £233,800 will secure a convertible.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Gareth Herincx