Bentley released only 100 units worldwide for its Continental Supersports Convertible ISR. The ISR stands for Ice Speed Record and celebrates the world ice speed record for any convertible car which was achieved by Juha Kankkunen, a 4-time world rally champion from Finland, while driving a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible.
The convertible was driven by Kankkunen off the coast of Finland in the frozen Baltic Sea, and managed to get a top speed of 205 mph. Kankkunen set the new record by beating his own record of 199 mph driving a Continental GT in 2007. The Supersports ISR is available in three different colors that reinforce the muscular style of the Bentley, while the interior has leather and Alcantara-lined seats with a high-gloss carbon fiber with its own distinct red weave.
For customers who want a bolder appearance, they can request for the ISR Mulliner design package which is available at no extra charge. The package uses red-accented detailing and includes a bold ‘Supersports ISR’ graphics. The Supersports ISR can be ordered at any Bentley dealerships and is priced at £189,300, which already includes tax. The record was made possible not just by the excellent driving skills of Kankkunen but also with the features of the Continental.
This includes the twin turbocharged 6-liter w12 engine that has a power of 471 kW and torque of 800 Nm. Along with its Quickshift 6-speed automatic transmission, the Supersports ISR can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds or 0 to 100 mph in just 9.5 seconds. The additional power in the engine is due mainly to fine tuning in order to maximize the benefits of the free-breathing air intake ducts, exhaust system, and intercooler system.
As with any Bentley car, the Supersports ISR can go from 50 to 75 mph in 2.5 seconds under real world conditions. The new model can run on either petroleum, E85 bio-ethanol, or a combination of both. Through this FlexFuel technology, the ISR can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 70%.
The emissions are measured on a well-to-wheel basis, meaning it is not just about emission at the tailpipe but its actual impact on the atmosphere. This new model has an on-board fuel supply system that can monitor the content of the fuel tank to make sure that both the power and torque remain the same even if the ratio of petrol to biofuel is varied.
Its all-wheel drive system can provide exceptional traction in any weather condition due to the Torsen centre differential which can transfer the drive automatically between the front and back axles. The system can also give maximum traction and modulation of attitude and line through “throttle steering’ by using the usual torque split of 40 front/60 rear.
The all-new exhaust system can lower the back pressure benefits of the gas flow allowing a sporty baritone note even when under a hard acceleration. The ISR remains refined even if it is driven by light throttle cruising. The carbon ceramic and large diameter brake discs partnered with 8-piston calipers give it fade-resistant stopping power.
The steering response and handling are also improved by system through reduction in the rotating and unsprung mass and. The ISR also has the standard Bentley Pirelli 275/35ZR20 high performance tires. With only 100 units being produced by Bentley at its Crewe factory, the Supersports ISR is made more distinct through the muscular and extrovert designs that reinforce the already amazing performance. This model is available in 3 colors; Beluga; Quartzite and; Arctica White.
The exterior is complemented by a soft top with Dark Grey Metallic color and 3-ply composite construction. The soft top was in fact made by using a “grey’ acrylic fiber that has a semi-transparent “metallic look.” The car’s performance is further heightened by 20-inch and 10-spoke wheels with dark tint finish.