Bentley's most powerful road car ever has broken cover following recent teasers. The Continental Supersports is the absolute pinnacle of the Bentley brand in performance terms. It combines the look of a GT with the luxury of what the company stands for. The name Supersports is inspired by the original 1925 3.0-litre two-seater car.
The Supersports can run on either petrol or E85 biofuel which makes it the first FlexFuel-capable Bentley. That pushes the twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 engine to a power output figure of 630PS (463kW) and maximum torque of 800Nm (590 lb ft) made at a lowly 1,700rpm. Performance is posted as 3.7 seconds for the 0 - 60mph and 3.9 seconds for the 0 - 100km/h sprints. Bentley's initial average fuel consumption figures are 17.3 mpg (16.3 litres/100km).
Bentley's all-wheel-drive system is 40/60 rear-biased. It uses an uprated front suspension with aluminium forward levers, stiffer bushings and Servotronic steering. Exterior appointments include two new colours, dual bonnet vents, a restyled rear bumper and a new front bumper with bigger air intake grilles.
The sporting character of the Bentley Supersports is also highlighted by lightweight 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels running on 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tyres. For stopping power the car comes standard with the largest and most powerful carbon ceramic brakes fitted to a production car which shave off 20 kg (44 lb) off the car's mass.
The interior fuses sport with comfort by featuring things like a carbon fiber fascia, diamond quilted Alcantara sports seats and an optional 15-speaker Bentley sound system.