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2012 Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible

A few days ago Bentley managed to smash the world speed record on ice . With this type of opportunity just knocking away, Bentley has gone straight to work to produce a new special edition in order to brag about their accomplishment. The Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible will be revealed tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show. There will only be 100 units available worldwide, offered in just three exterior colors: Beluga, Quartzite, and Arctica White, all contrasting with a Dark Grey Metallic soft top. This special edition will be distinguished by muscular styling cues and 20” inch, 10-spoke Supersports wheels with a dark tint finish.

"Juha Kankkunen’s drive was a remarkable achievement and worthy of a very special car. The Continental Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ is a true driver’s car that captures that unique Bentley spirit. It offers extreme performance, agility and an extrovert personality, while retaining the refinement, handcrafted luxury and comfort our customers expect."

Hit the jump to read more about the Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible.

Exterior

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible

For the new Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible, customers will have the choice of three exterior colosr: Beluga, Quartzite and Arctica White, all contrasting with a Dark Grey Metallic soft top. The model will be further distinguished by more muscular styling cues and a new set of 20” inch, 10-spoke Supersports wheels with a dark tint finish.

Interior

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible

The exterior of the Supersports model will be hot, but the biggest distinctions will be offered on the interior. The Ice Speed Record Convertible will feature a unique red wave on the high-gloss carbon fiber dashboard, center console, and roof panel. The same theme continues with Pillar Box red piping on the seats and doors, and Pillar Box Red contrast stitching on the seats, door casings, steering wheel, and gearshift paddles.

Customers will also receive a highly-advanced touchscreen infotainment system from the new Continental GT that provides rich map imagery and a 30GB on-board hard drive.

Engine

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible

Under the hood we’ll find the usual 6-liter, twin turbo-charged W12 engine that delivers a total of 631 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a Quickshift six-speed automatic transmission and this combination rockets the convertible ‘Ice Speed Record’ model from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and to 100 mph in just 9.5 seconds.

Compared to a standard Supersports Convertible, the Ice Speed Record edition delivers an extra 10 HP thanks to new free-breathing air intake ducts, intercooler system, and exhaust system.

The special edition also receives large diameter (420 mm front, 356 mm rear) carbon ceramic brake discs, with eight-piston calipers at the front and Pirelli 275/35ZR20 ultra high performance tires.

Prices

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible

Bentley hasn’t announced the Ice Speed Record Convertible edition’s prices just yet, but we’re guessing it’s going to be a tad more expensive than the $286,695 price tag found on the standard model.

Competition

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible

The Continental Supersports Convertible takes on models like the Ferrari California , the BMW M6 Convertible , and the upcoming Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder .

The Ferrari California is powered by a V8 engine that delivers a total of 460 HP and can hit a top speed of 192 MPH. The 458 Italia Spyder will get the same engine as the coupe: a 4.5 Liter V8 engine that delivers 570 HP at a rather lofty 9000 RPM and will go up to about 200 mph. The BMW M6, set to be launched this year, will get a turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine with a total output of 555 HP. It will be the slowest from them all at 155 mph.

All of them, however, are less powerful than the Bentley model and none of them are capable of such impressive top speeds. Therefore, we believe the Supersports has a huge advantage.

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible
LOVE IT
  • More HP compared to standard model
  • Looks great in any exterior color combination
  • Cool looking interior
LEAVE IT
  • Comes in limited edition
  • Will be very expensive


26 comments:

Admittedly, i like the matte color and the carbon fiber richness of this car. And just like what i have said before,convertible is the most amazing concept I’ve known!

Wow, a Bentley convertible. You rarely see one of these most of the time. And the engine is actually quite powerful, adding more value to this baby.

Wow, a tuned up Bentley. Actually haven’t seen a lot of them lately, so this one is definitely a welcome surprise. Too bad though that this one didn’t receive a good engine.

Rather nice way to turn a bently into something really good looking. I don’t really have much love for those, but this work certainly made them look interesting.

At 200mph I doubt studs would have remained in the tire anyway, they would have probably become buckshot!

I’d have thought the coupe would offer better insulation form the cold also. Unless it’s
one test vehicle that was lent out, and is going to another group in a few weeks for some other
extreme testing.

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