In mankind’s pursuit of speed, it boggles one’s mind to where exactly is the limit. Bentley has just unveiled their fastest and most powerful production model to date, the Bentley Continental Supersports. It is unquestionably the fastest four-seater coupe AND convertible in the world.
Thanks to a revised 6.0-litre bi-turbo W12 that pushes 700 hp (up 79 hp) and a mind blowing 1,017 Nm of torque (up 217 Nm), the Continental Supersports gets to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and accelerates to a top speed of 336 km/h. On the other hand, the convertible completes the century sprint in 3.9 seconds while top speed is registered at a lowly 330 km/h.
Among the revisions done onto the W12 engine include higher-capacity turbochargers, revised charge-air cooling system and upgraded cranktrain. A new ZF sourced eight-speed torque converter is tasked to transfer all its grunt to all four wheels. By default, the Supersports sends 60 percent of power to the rear axle and 40 percent to the front. However, should the need arise, the all-wheel-drive system will adjust the power split for optimum traction.
Managing the enormous power is an exclusively calibrated torque vectoring system that was first introduced on the Continental GT3-R. This works by applying brake force to the inner wheel, curbing understeer for maximum traction.
As standard, the Supersports come fitted with carbon ceramic brakes measuring 420mm at the front and 356mm at the rear. Both Supersports ride on 21-inch forged alloy wheels that shave 20kg off the unsprung mass. For additional weight savings, customers can opt for the titanium exhaust system that weighs 5kg less than the standard exhaust. Also, it makes “rifle-fire crackle” on the downshifts.
Visually, the Supersports gets a revised front end with carbon-fibre splitter, bonnet vents and gloss-black front wing vents. At the rear, a new bumper with carbon fibre diffuser as well as rifled exhaust tailpipe are seen here. Exclusive to the Coupe variant of the Supersport are the optional rear spoiler, front splitter, Supersports badging and carbon-fibre engine cover.
As for the Supersports Convertible, Bentley claims that the multi-layer hood has been tested in extreme conditions ranging from -30°C to +50°C to ensure highest levels of refinement and acoustic insulation that’s synonymous with the brand.
Inside, the Supersports gets a significantly sportier theme with a tri-tone interior, diamond-quilted leather seats and door panels, bespoke Supersports steering wheel and an exclusive gear lever. As with all Bentleys, individual customisation is limitless through their bespoke coachbuilding department Mulliner.