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2015 Bentley Continental Supersports

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The current Bentley Continental Supersports was released in 2009 and for the 2014 model year Bentley is working on a new high-performance flagship coupe, according to sources from Bentley. The new model will be placed between the current GT Speed that delivers a total of 616 horsepower and the upcoming road-goingContinental GT3 rumored to deliver a total of 675 horsepower.

The new Continental Supersports will feature carbon-fiber panels, stiffer suspension and a twin-turbo W-12 engine that will deliver around 650 horsepower. As you can see, the output will represent a modest increase of just 30 horsepower over the GT Speed model, but Bentley officials confirm that "Supersports wouldn’t be all about pure power."

The company will also focus on reducing the car’s total weight, revising the chassis settings and improving braking power. Rumors suggest that in order to reduce the car’s weight Bentley could also drop the rear seats, while the front ones will be made in lightweight composites.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Continental Supersports.

Updated 04/02/2013: Today we have created a very nice rendering for the upcoming Continental Supersports. Let us know what do you think in the comments section below.

Source: AutoCar

History

Bentley Supersports Ice Speed Record Convertible

Bentley unveiled the Continental Supersports at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and it arrived on the U.S. market in the summer of 2010. The model was not only the most powerful Continental ever launched, but also the first Bentley capable of running on both petrol (gasoline) and biofuel (E85 ethanol).

The model was offered in both coupe and convertible models and shortly after the convertible arrived on the market, it set a new world record on ice , as it hit a top speed of 205.48 mph on the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea. In order to commemorate this event, Bentley offered a special Supersports ’Ice Speed Record’ convertible that was limited to just 100 units.

Competition

Usually Bentley models aim at models from Rolls Royce, but the Supersports version has raised the performance bar pretty high, causing a change of direction.

BMW M6

BMW M6 Coupe

The new-generation BMW M6 is dropping the usual V-10 engine is favor of a new 4.4-liter V-8 equipped with M TwinPower Turbo Technology. This new engine delivers a total of 560 horsepower and a peak torque of 500 pound-feet. The M6 goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 189 mph.

Ferrari FF

Ferrari FF

The FF is offered with a V-12 engine that delivers a total of 660 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 503 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm. Just like with the Continental Supersports, the FF is also priced a little under $300k, but the Bentley model would definitely be our car of choice between the two; no slight intended against the Ferrari.




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