Bentley will be launching the next generation of its Continental GT coupe sometime late this year. This has got us very excited. After all, the current generation of the Continental GT has been in existence for nearly six years. It’s high time that Bentley introduces a new generation of its grand tourer.
But it seems Bentley isn’t done yet with the current generation of the Continental GT – the second one as it plans to unveil a new version that would render the previous Bentleys speechless. In fact, Bentley has released a short video clip that teases the newest – and probably the last – iteration of the second-gen Continental GT. This version has been dubbed by the British carmaker as the most “the most extreme Bentley ever,” which could ultimately point to its performance on the road. All will be known when Bentley takes the wrap off this latest vehicle on January 6, 2017.
While the short video teaser didn’t say something about this Bentley being a Continental GT, the Continental GT is the only current model that allows the marque to push its performance limits further. We could speculate that the model shown on the teaser video is the Continental Supersports. The first generation of the Continental GT features a Supersports version. The Continental Supersports was the most powerful version of the first-gen Continental GT, with its 6.0-liter W12 twin-turbo engine providing 621 hp (630 PS or 463 kW) of max output at 6,00 rpm and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 1,700 rpm.
Now, the second-gen Continental GT has yet to offer a Supersports version. Logically, the second-gen Supersport should be the most powerful Continental GT in the current generation. So far, the most extreme model of the Continental GT – and most powerful Bentley to date -- is the Continental GT Speed, which has a 6.0-liter W12 twin turbo powerplant that delivers up to 626 hp (635 PS or 467 kW) of output at 6,000 rpm and up to 820 Nm (605 lb.-ft.) of torque at 1,700 rpm.
Now, for the new Continental Supersports – assuming that the vehicle in the video teaser is really this model -- to become the most extreme Bentley, it needs to significantly beat the Continental GT Speed in terms of power. This means that the Continental Supersports should offer more than 626 hp of output and 820 Nm of torque. There have been speculations that the Continental Supersports would be offering power levels that exceed 700 hp of output and would be much lighter than the Continental GT Speed.
In terms of looks, the teaser video doesn’t offer much except for red calipers, large multi-spoke wheels, carbon fiber hood vents, stocky side skirts, carbon fiber fixed rear wing and tinted rear lights.