Bentley Continental Supersports (2009–2013)
Bentley Continental Supersports. Outrageous new Continental GT with rear seats stripped out and 630PS (621 bhp), 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) and a 204 mph (329 km/h) top speed. 110 kg lighter than the Continental GT Speed. The Supersports is also the first Bentley capable of running on both petrol (gasoline) and E85 biofuel, pioneering the use of FlexFuel technology in the luxury sector.
Available worldwide from autumn 2009, the Continental Supersports is FlexFuel compatible in the majority of markets from launch with North American cars offering the capability by summer 2010, following regulatory approval.
New ‘Quickshift’ transmission that halves shift times, the Supersports sets new performance benchmarks for Bentley. Supercar performance is complemented by an array of chassis enhancements including retuned steering and suspension, utilising lighter weight components, retuned dampers and anti-roll bars. 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 standard, 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.
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 and dramatic style that features large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents. Similarly, 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 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.
The Continental Supersports is capable of running on either petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two. E85 biofuel can offer a reduction of up to 70 per cent in CO2 emissions on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis. The fuel supply system detects the blending ratio of the fuel in the tank and ensures that power and torque remain constant regardless of the ratio of petrol to biofuel. The result is seamless power delivery in the Bentley tradition.
6-litre W12 engine twin-turbocharged now produces 630PS (621 bhp/463 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm (590 lb ft) of torque at 1700-5600 rev/m
* 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds)
* 0-100 mph (0-160 km/h) in 8.9 seconds
* 50-70 mph in 2.1 seconds
* 80-120 km/h in 2.6 seconds
* Top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h)
Bentley announced its most potent and radically styled convertible ever – the 202mph (325km/h) Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ convertible. This new model, limited to just 100 cars worldwide, is a celebration of the Company’s world ice speed record set two weeks ago byFinland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible.
Driving the all-wheel drive, biofuel-powered 6-litre, 12-cylinder Continental Supersports convertible on the perilous frozen Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland, Kankkunen achieved a speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h) eclipsing his own ice speed record of 199.83 mph (321.6 km/h) set in 2007 in the Continental GT.
The 6.0-litre, twin turbo-charged W12 engine, produces 640 PS (631 bhp / 471 kW) - the most powerful Bentley ever - and 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque. Paired with a Quickshift six-speed automatic transmission, it launches the convertible ‘Ice Speed Record’ model from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.0s) and reaches 100mph from a standing start in only 9.5 seconds (0-160 km/h in 9.4s).
The additional engine power of the new convertible is the result of fine tuning of the engine to optimise the benefits of the new free-breathing air intake ducts, intercooler system and the exhaust system. And true to the Bentley tradition of delivering instantly available and exhilarating performance in real world driving conditions, the ‘Ice Speed Record’ convertible will sprint from 50-75mph (80-120 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds.
Large diameter (420 mm front, 356 mm rear), carbon ceramic brake discs, with eight-piston calipers at the front provide fade-resistant stopping power. This lightweight system also reduces unsprung and rotating mass, benefiting steering response and handling. As with all Supersports models the ‘Ice Speed Record’ is fitted as standard with Pirelli 275/35ZR20 ultra high performance tyres.
Just 100 examples of this dramatically styled new model will be built at Bentley’s Crewe factory. The Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ is distinguished by its vibrant and muscular styling cues that reinforce the uncompromising performance credentials of this extreme Bentley convertible.
Bentley’s designers have selected three ‘stand-out’ exterior paint colours for the new convertible: Beluga, Quartzite and, fittingly, Arctica White. These colours are complemented by a Dark Grey Metallic soft top with Bentley’s refined three-ply composite construction. The unique appearance of the soft top is created in the outer layer by a 'grey' acrylic fibre with a semi-transparent 'metallic look’ in a twill weave construction. The car’s potent performance is further accentuated by 20” inch, 10-spoke Supersports wheels with a dark tint finish.
|Construction||Alloy heads and block|
|Compression Ratio||9.0 : 1|
|Fuel||E85 & 98 (95) RON|
|Valve gear||Chain-driven DOHC per bank, 4 valves per cylinder, cam phased inlet and outlet|
|Maximum Power||640PS/631 bhp/471 kW|
|Maximum Torque||800 Nm/590 lb ft|
|Type||Continuous all-wheel drive with 40/60 rear bias torque split & Torsen centre differential|
|Gearbox||ZF 6-speed ‘Quickshift’ automatic|
|Final Drive:||3.52:1 front / 3.52:1 rear|
|Maximum Speed||202mph (325km/h)|
|0-60 mph||3.8 seconds|
|0-100 mph||9.5 seconds|
|0-100 km/h||4.0 seconds|
|0-160 km/h||9.4 seconds|
|Front||Four-link double wishbones, anti-roll bar, air springs|
|Rear||Trapezoidal multi-link, anti-roll bar, air springs|
|Dampers||Continuous Damping Control with four adjustable settings|
|Type||Rack & pinion, power-assisted, speed-sensitive|
|Turns lock to lock||2.6|
|Turning circle||11.4 metres kerb-to-kerb|
|Front||420 mm diameter carbon/ceramic, vented & cross-drilled|
|Rear||356 mm diameter carbon/ceramic, vented & cross-drilled|
|Anti lock||Standard with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) 8.1 and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)|
|BODY & CHASSIS|
|Construction||Steel monocoque, 2-door convertible|
|Length||4804 mm (189.1inches)|
|Width across mirrors||2194mm (86.4 inches)|
|Width mirrors folded||1945mm (76.6 inches)|
|Kerb weight||2395kg (5279lbs)|
|Height||1388mm (54.6 inches)|
|Wheelbase||2745mm (108.1 inches)|
|Front track||1623mm (63.9 inches)|
|Rear track||1657mm (65.2 inches)|
|Wheels||20inch x 9.5J 10-spoke Smoked Chrome Alloy|
|Tyres||275/35x20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance|
|Fuel tank capacity||90 litres (19.8 gallons/23.8 US gallons)|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION / EMISSIONS|
|Urban||11.1 mpg (25.5 litres / 100 km)|
|Extra Urban||24.3 mpg (11.6 litres / 100 km)|
|Combined||17.0 mpg (16.7 litres / 100km)|
|EPA Drive Cycle City Driving||TBC|
|Carbon dioxide emissions||388g/km|
|Emission controls||EU V and US Lev 11|