This is the Bentley Continental Supersports, the British firm’s fastest ever production car.

While still a luxury GT cruiser at heart, the Continental has had its W12 engine tuned up to a supercar-baiting 700bhp. And with 1,107Nm of torque, it’s no surprise that acceleration is ferocious – 0-60mph is dispatched in 3.4 seconds, while the top speed is 209mph.

The convertible model is a tiny bit slower, but still comes with staggering numbers attached. Zero-60mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 205mph make it no slouch.

The 6.0-litre engine’s two turbochargers are a new design with a higher capacity than before, while a revised charge-air cooling system feeds the pair. Combined, those modifications allow for more boost and higher power.

The Bentley Continental Supersports is anything but light at 2.3 tonnes (2.5 for the convertible), but a number of weight saving measures contribute to a 10 per cent improvement in the power-to-weight ratio.

Carbon-ceramic brakes – Bentley claims these are the largest of their type in the world – and 21-inch forged alloy wheels combine to save 20kg over the previous Supersports model, while an optional titanium exhaust system shaves off another 5kg.

The go-faster Continental utilises Bentley’s standard all-wheel drive system, but implements knowledge gained from the GT3-R performance car project. A rear-biased torque split sends 60 per cent of power to the rear wheels to make the car more agile.

The Supersports receives remodelled front and rear bumpers, a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser and vents on the bonnet and wings.

Darren Cassey


January 6, 2017

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