Marcus De Guzman / Bentley | January 06, 2017 11:49
Bentley releases their most powerful production car to date, the Continental Supersports
The Crewe-based luxury automaker has just released the fastest Bentley that they have ever produced. Called the Continental Supersports, it is the most powerful grand tourer from Bentley and benefits from an array of powertrain, suspension and exterior upgrades.
Beginning with the outside, the front bumper gets a carbon fiber splitter while the rear bumper receives a diffuser which is also made from the lightweight composite. In addition, the side sill extensions and hood vents are now also made from carbon fiber. Finished in gloss black, on the other hand, are the front wing vents and the tailpipe finisher which makes for a more sophisticated look.
Continuing with the blacked-out theme, Bentley also applied a dark tint for the headlights and taillights. Meanwhile, the front grill, rear bumper, door handles and window surrounds get black-painted brightwork. It is then topped off with 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels.
Stepping inside, the automaker used a tri-color theme for the interior that consist of black, white and red hues. A new diamond-quilted design has been used on the seats while Alcantara trim is present on the door panels. Reminding occupants they are in something special comes courtesy of a Supersports carbon fiber dashboard panels that can be specified in ten different veneers and finishes.
A unique Supersports steering wheel and gear lever were also installed on the new Bentley, both getting Alcantara trim accents.
At the heart of the 2017 Continental Supersports is the enduring 6.0-liter W12 powerplant. In the Continental Supersports, the W12 gets a pair of upgraded twin-turbos, tweaked charge-air cooling system for better boost, revised cranktrain and new main / connecting-rod bearings.
With the upgrades in place, the W12 now generates 710 PS and 1,017 Nm of torque. Compared to the previous Supersports from 2009, this new version puts out 80 PS and 219 Nm more, resulting in a 10-percent better power-to-weight ratio and 25-percent torque-to-weight ratio improvement. 0 – 100 km/h comes in at a quick 3.5 seconds while top speed is rated at 336 km/h.
Improved stopping power is provided by high-performance carbon ceramic brakes. Bentley added that these are the largest carbon ceramic discs in the world (420mm at the front, 356mm at the rear) and have minimal fade under extreme driving.
The handling was also tweaked in the new Continental Supersports. It has a specially calibrated torque vectoring system derived from the race-bred Continental GT3-R. However, it still gets the rear-biased torque split from the standard all-wheel-drive system.
Beyond that, the 2017 Continental Supersports is also available as a convertible. It still gets four seats while 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 3.7 seconds. Top, speed, on the other hand is at 330 km/h.
“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,” said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.