Bentley Continental Supersports revealed in advance of Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

Finally, after few weeks from revealing the first teaser, Bentley unveiled today its brand new Continental Supersports, the first green car in the history of the British manufacturer. As we revealed you few days ago, the new Bentley features the 6.0-liter W12 engine capable to deliver 630 hp at 6000 rpm and 800 Nm of torque at 1700-5600 rpm.

With these numbers, the Bentley can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds while the top speed is limited electronically to 329 km/h (204 mph). The new vehicle features carbon ceramic brakes as standard but also 20-inch alloy wheels and a unique electronic stability programme.

But don't think the new amount of power comes without new modifications: the W12 engine necessitated additional airflow to the twin turbocharger intercoolers and cooling system and in order to solve this Bentley's designers responded with a purposeful and dramatic style that features large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents.

Also the 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 new design of the car features unique dark-smoked steel finish to all exterior 'brightware', including front grilles, lamp bezels, window surrounds and wheels.

A complex 'Physical Vapour Deposition' process is applied to all stainless steel components to give a lustrous and highly durable finish. Inside, the vehicle shows premium grade leather and brightware, complemented by carbon fiber panels, replacing traditional wood veneers. Also, the new coupe features just 2 seats due to the weight reduction process.

The new Continental Supersports is capable to run using either petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of these two. Using E85 biofuel, according to the manufacturer the vehicle shows up to 70% less CO2 emissions than using regular petrol. Compared to the Continental GT Speed, the Continental Supersports shows a weight saving of 110 kg, which is a great improvement considering the dimensions of the vehicle.

No data regarding the price but stay tuned, it will be revealed during the Geneva Motor Show! P.S. The 'Supersports' name is inspired by the original two-seater 3-litre Supersports model introduced in 1925, itself an evolution of the 3-litre Speed. The lightweight, 85 bhp Supersports was the first production Bentley to reach 100 mph and was also renowned for the application of Le Mans-winning race technology.

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