All-New Bentley Continental Supersports Revealed

Some people may consider Bentley as a maker of high-class luxury coupes and sedans, but the British car maker actually comes out of a great racing heritage. This week, the company have announced its fastest and most powerful production model to date: the new Bentley Continental Supersports.

To put things into perspective, the the new Continental Supersports the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury four-seat car. It is powered by a bespoke drivetrain featuring Bentley’s W12 engine that combines extreme power and torque to offer exhilarating performance. Namely, the 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged engine produces a whopping 700 horsepower, combined with a fantastic sounding 1,017 Nm / 750 lb-ft of torque. The Bentley Continental Supersports is capable of some splending performance. The vehicle will achieve a top soeed of 209mph (336km/h) and accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 3.5 seconds.

Bentley Continental GT SupersportsPhoto: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

Additionally, similarly to the coupe, its soft-top sibling, the Continental Supersports Convertible, is the fastest four-seat convertible in the world. It’s despatching the sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 secs) on its way to a 205 mph (330 km/h) top speed.

In order to rein in this immense performance the new Supersports, the vehicle is fitted with high-performance carbon ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling. The brake discs are the largest of their type in the world, providing excellent performance with minimal fade under extreme conditions.

The brakes sit behind lightweight 21” forged alloy wheels, together offering a 20 kg weight saving in unsprung mass. A further 5 kg weight-saving is offered via an optional titanium exhaust system. The new Supersports is the lightest-ever iteration of the current Continental GT and lighter than the 2009 four-seat Supersports model.

Bentley Continental GT SupersportsPhoto: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

Bentley’s mighty W12 engine, redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware, and a torque vectoring system create a Continental Supersports as agile as it is powerful. Meanwhile, unique styling cues inside and out give the new model a sharpened athletic appearance highlighting its performance potential.

As well as offering supercar pace and a highly focused driving experience, there is no compromise in the refined nature of the Continental’s ride quality. This fusion of extremes in luxury and performance make the Supersports the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define and dominate the grand touring genre.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley. 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.”

Furthermore, the interior is a combination of premium leather and wood, all matched with one of the best looking driver positions seen in high-luxury vehicles like these. The vehicle is one of the classiest looking high-performance luxury coupes available, giving owners in that market range additional sweet problems to have when deciding upon the vehicle to purchase overall.

Been in the automotive industry ever since he got out of high-school. Loves 911's, hates electric-car talk and enjoys racing events. Too tall to drive almost any supercar, but that doesn't stop him from bashing out people that do. Follows the aftermarket tuning industry in depth. Loves to spend time at BMW Welt. Enjoys too much coffee.

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