Bentley has announced its
fastest and most powerful production model to date: the new Bentley Continental
Supersports. The car achieves a top speed of 336 km/h and a 0-100 kmph in 3.5
seconds). This makes the new Continental Supersports the world’s fastest and
most powerful luxury four-seat car.
Its soft-top sibling, the
Continental Supersports Convertible, is the fastest four-seat convertible in
the world, racing from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 secs and achieving a top speed of 330
This fast car comes with a bespoke
drivetrain featuring Bentley’s W12 engine. 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. In
order to harness these additional outputs, upgrades have also been made to the
Continental’s cranktrain, including new main and conrod bearings.
These extensive engine
revisions result in an increase of 79 bhp and 217 Nm over the 2009 Supersports
model – a 10 percent power-to-weight and 25 percent torque-to-weight ratio
improvement. The top speed rises by five
miles per hour (and the 0-60 mph time drops by 0.3 seconds.
The Supersports also benefits
from a new torque converter which locks up faster allowing the car to make best
use of the enhanced torque figure of 1,017 Nm, and accelerate from standstill
even more rapidly.
In order to rein in this
immense performance the new Supersports is fitted with high-performance carbon
ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling. The brake discs are the largest of their
type in the world.
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.
The Supersports has a
specifically calibrated and updated version of the torque vectoring system
first introduced on the Continental GT3-R. This dynamic system brakes
individual front and rear wheels during acceleration out of corners to increase
performance, whilst maintaining full power to unbraked wheels, and brakes the
inside rear wheel on turn-in to improve agility. It also has a bespoke, less
intrusive stability control calibration for a more precise chassis response.
The new Supersports retains
the rear-biased torque split of Bentley’s all-wheel-drive system, sending 60
per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard for a better
balanced, more sporting character, but with the ability to adjust the
front-rear power split depending on available traction.
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
dramatic 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 coupé 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.