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Bentley Continental Supersports

Edward Green |
The Continental Supersports is the fastest and most powerful Bentley ever.

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It is the extreme Bentley, a muscular two-seater that delivers supercar performance and a fantastic driving experience. The Supersports is also the first Bentley capable of running on both gasoline and biofuel, pioneering the use of FlexFuel technology in the luxury sector.

Available worldwide from autumn 2009, the Continental Supersports will be FlexFuel compatible in the majority of markets from launch with North American cars offering the capability by summer 2010, following regulatory approval.

With 630PS (621 bhp) and new Quickshift transmission that halves shift times, the Supersports sets new benchmarks: it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds), and top speed is 204 mph (329 km/h).

Supercar performance is complemented by a range of enhancements including retuned steering and suspension, utilising lighter weight components, retuned dampers and anti-roll bars. 2 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 programme.

Carbon ceramic brakes are standard fitment, benefiting steering response, grip and ride comfort, while saving weight. Overall, the engineering team have achieved a weight reduction of 110 kg (243 lb) compared with the Continental GT Speed.

The evolution of the Supersports’ design is very much a case of ‘form following function’ with new purposeful sculptural forms signalling the engineering changes beneath the skin. 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 style that features large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents. New flared rear wings that accommodate the 50 mm (2 inches) wider rear track are designed to emphasise the powerful stance of this ultra-high performance coupe. The resultant Supersports style combines the looks of the iconic Continental GT with a new and distinctive appearance that reflects its more extreme character.

The Supersports is further distinguished from its Continental coupe stable mates by a unique dark-smoked steel finish to all exterior brightware, including front grilles, lamp bezels, window surrounds and wheels.

The cockpit represents a beautiful re-interpretation of Bentley interior design in which carbon fibre and AlcantaraTM not only convey a sporting and contemporary style but also reduce weight. The Supersports is a strict two-seater featuring all-new lightweight sports seats with carbon fibre clamshell rear panels. In the rear compartment, the seats are replaced by a stowage deck with a carbon fibre luggage retaining beam. Signature premium grade leather and brightware are complemented by carbon fibre panels, replacing traditional wood veneers.


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