As the pinnacle of the Continental Range, the Supersports more than lives up to its name. Built on motorsport technology used in the GT3-R, it is the most dynamic Bentley ever to take to the road. As you would expect, it features thrilling levels of acceleration and speed, taking you from 0 to 60 mph in a breathtaking 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h). At speed, it is a blur. At rest, you can appreciate its striking appearance, with carbon fibre accents, unique front and rear bumper, bonnet vents and optional fixed rear spoiler, as well as full exterior Blackware.
The Continental Supersports is instantly recognisable from its brooding, striking looks, with unique design features that make it stand out from its siblings. With a choice of over 100 exterior colours and unique interior colour splits, you can also personalise the Supersports to reflect your own unique style.
Body styling features a bold new front and rear bumper design with carbon-fibre accents, while distinctive carbon-fibre bonnet vents, side skirts and a rear spoiler enhance the supercar style even further, as well as adding to the cars aerodynamic capabilities. Full exterior Blackware on the radiator surround, light units, window surrounds, rear bumper and door handle inserts give the car a strikingly assertive look, as do the gloss black exhaust tailpipe finishes and wing vents. The brooding image is completed by dark tint front and rear lights, 21 Black and Bright Machined Lightweight Forged Sports wheels and gloss black front radiator matrix grille the first available on this generation of W12-powered Continentals.
The new Continental Supersports is built around the most powerful W12 engine that Bentley has ever developed, now producing a remarkable 700 bhp (710 PS) and 1017 Nm of torque. It is also the fastest Bentley off the blocks, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds) to a blistering top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h), making it the fastest Bentley ever produced. Torque Vectoring by Brake combined with a reduced unsprung mass increases responsiveness through corners for a truly performance-focused drive, working with the rear-biased torque split of the permanent all-wheel drive system that sends 60% of the engine output to the rear wheels. A Titanium exhaust system enhances the sound of the engine, highlighting its supercar capabilities. (Available as a cost option or as part of the Supersports X specification.)
The impressive performance in the Continental Supersports has been made possible by the introduction of Torque Vectoring by Brake. First utilised on the GT3-R, this new system analyses the drivers inputs to the accelerator and steering wheel to brake individual front and rear wheels during acceleration out of corners to deliver supercar performance. It will also brake the inside rear wheel on turning to improve the cars agility. The Supersports features a bespoke stability control calibration delivering a very precise chassis response.
The Torque Vectoring harmonises with the 60:40 rear bias torque distribution of Bentley all-wheel drive, to give Supersports better balance and sporting character. It sits within the Electronic Stability Control system, which brings together the antilock brakes, traction control and stability control systems, all of which have been calibrated for agility and performance.
The enhanced performance is enabled by the newly designed, higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised charge-air cooling system, which work in tandem to create more boost and additional power. To harness this additional power, Bentley has upgraded the Supersports cranktrain, including new main and conrod bearings. These extensive engine revisions result in an increase of 79 bhp (80 PS) and 217 Nm (160 lb.ft.) over the first generation Supersports In simple terms, this translates into a breathtaking top speed that is five mph faster, shaving 0.3 seconds off the 0 to 60 mph time.
The Supersports also benefits from a new torque converter that locks up faster, allowing the car to make the most of the enhanced torque of 1,017 Nm (750 lb. ft.). In practical terms, it means you can accelerate from standstill more rapidly than ever. High-performance carbon ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling make all this power easily controllable. 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, offering a combined 25kg weight saving in unsprung mass. In total, 30kg has been stripped out of the Supersports making it the lightest-ever iteration of the current Continental GT.
You can also choose to add exterior options that enhance the look of the Supersports and further underscore its sporting credentials. These include Supersports side decals, along with chequered carbon-fibre side panels. Subtle additions including gloss black Lightweight Forged Sports wheels and carbon fibre gloss door mirrors add to the effect. The theme can be continued even beneath the bonnet, with a Supersports branded carbon fibre engine cover.
Almost every element of the Supersports offers the opportunity to add your personal touch. As a result, no two cars are the same. Starting with the steering wheel, you can specify unique contrast stitching, which is continued throughout the interior, as standard. There are 11 choices of hide colours as standard along with 10 additional veneers, including Bright Tint Aluminium and satin finish carbon fibre. Other options include a massage function and ventilated seats.