Bentley has begun the new year by launching the most powerful car it has ever produced. The Continental Supersports, which revives a nameplate that last appeared in 2009, will be available in either coupé or convertible form.
Thanks to upgraded turbochargers and changes to the charge-air cooling, output from the 6.0 litre W12 engine is up to 700 bhp (522 kW / 710 PS). Similarly, peak torque has been raised to 1,017 Nm (750 lb/ft).
An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, rear-biased all-wheel drive and a bespoke torque-vectoring system complete the drivetrain.
The result is a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.5 seconds and a 209 mph (336 km/h) top speed. By comparison, the slightly slower drop-top version records 3.9 seconds and 205 mph (330 km/h) respectively.
Bentley has enhanced the car's chassis, too. As well as a stiffer suspension set-up that incorporates continuously variable damping, the Continental Supersports features carbon ceramic brakes with extra cooling. Also fitted are lightweight 21” forged alloy wheels.
Unique bumpers, sill extensions, gloss black front-wing vents and dark-tint lights provide some visual interest. Furthermore, the front splitter, rear diffuser and bonnet vents are all made from carbon fibre.
For those customers seeking a less genteel look, a boot lid spoiler and the 'X Specification' pack are among the options being offered. The latter adds more carbon fibre, black rims, a titanium exhaust and a choice of eight two-tone colour schemes.
Deliveries are due to begin in the spring. The coupé costs £212,500, while the convertible has a £233,800 starting price.
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