Bentley Continental Supersports – Most Powerful Bentley Ever and It’s Green!
Bentley has just released specs and images on its fastest and most powerful vehicle ever ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. The Bentley Continental Supersports has a twin-turbocharged 6-liter 621 bhp engine that will push the 4,939 pound car to 60 mph from a stop in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is rated at 204 mph. A new Quickshift transmission halves shift times. It’s the first Bentley to use FlexFuel technology and the first luxury vehicle to do so. The car can run on either gas or E85 biofuel. This goes along with Bentley’s push to get their entire fleet running on renewable fuels by 2012.
The Bentley Continental Supersports is performance minded in all aspects. Large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents push air to the turbochargers and the cooling system. New flared rear wings are in pace to handle the fact that the rear track is 2 inches wider. There are larger, double elliptical exhaust tailpipes and a rear valance with a discreet vertical divider. A new 40/60 rear-biased torque split is in place to reduce understeer for powering out of corners using the all-wheel drive system. Ultra lightweight, 20 inch wheels that are 22 pounds lighter reduce unsprung and rotating mass and help with brake cooling. The tires are Pirelli Ultra High Performance 275/35 ZR20. Carbon ceramic brakes come standard. All told, the Supersports is 243 pounds lighter than the Continental GT Speed.
The Bentley Continental Supersports will be available in the fall of 2009 in major markets with the FlexFuel option tentatively scheduled for North America the summer of 2010 (pending regulatory approval). Price coming soon…