2017 Bentley Continental Supersports

The Supersports name goes back to the Bentley 3 Litre, the company's first car built from 1921 through 1929. The highest output version of the 3 Litre was the Super Sports, with a guaranteed top speed of 100 mph. Only 18 of them were built. A Bentley Super Sports won the 24 hour Le Mans in 1927.

The new model is Bentley's most powerful production car to date, with 700 horses from its 6 liter W12 fed by twin turbochargers. Bentley advertises it as the world's fastest and most powerful luxury four-seater, with a top speed of 209 mph.

At a little over 5000 lbs, the car is not a lightweight, but it benefits from massive carbon ceramic disk brakes, which Bentley also describes as the world's largest. The company has put effort in weight-savings, especially with unsprung mass. The 21" forged alloy wheels are 44 lbs lighter than the standard wheels, and an additional 11 lbs is shaved with the use of an optional titanium exhaust. Both it and the stock exhaust have been opened up for better airflow and a sportier sound.

The AWD Supersports features an improved version of the torque vectoring system that Bentley first introduced on the Continental GT3-R. The system will briefly brake individual front and rear wheels during acceleration out of corners while sending full to the unbraked wheels, thus improving stability and maximizing performance. Under normal driving conditions, the Supersports sends 60% of its power to the rear wheels, but the ratio can adjust as needed for optimal traction.

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Specifications

Price Production Weight
-- -- 5,027 lbs
Engine Aspiration Torque
6 liter W12 twin turbochargers 750 ft-lb
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight
700 HP 116.7 HP/Liter 7.2 lbs/HP
Top Speed 0-62 mph Range
209 mph 3.5 sec --
Price Production Weight Engine Aspiration Torque
-- -- 5,027 lbs 6 liter W12 twin turbochargers 750 ft-lb
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight Range 0-62 mph Top Speed
700 HP 116.7 HP/Liter 7.2 lbs/HP -- 3.5 sec 209 mph
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