The iconic Bentley Supersports returns with more power than ever!

The second-generation Bentley Continental GT arrived in 2011 with a mildly redesigned exterior, a new interior, and upgraded technology. Although it uses the same Volkswagen Group D1 platform (shared with the Phaeton and the Bentley Flying Spur), the second-gen Conti GT gained a revised W-12 engine and a brand-new, twin-turbo V-8. Much like its predecessor, the second-gen Continental GT spawned a number of versions, including V8 and W12 trims, convertibles, the higher-performance GT Speed, a race-spec GT3 model, and a road-going GT3-R. In early 2017, Bentley unveiled the Supersports, a successor to the beefed-up model it first introduced in 2009.

The fact that the Supersports arrived almost six years after the second-generation Continental GT went into production isn’t surprising. The first Supersports was launched by a similar schedule, hitting public roads six years after the standard model and two years before the first generation car was discontinued. With the current luxury two-door set to be replaced by a third-gen car sometime in 2018, the Supersports was once again introduced as the ultimate Continental GT.

Just like its predecessor, the new range-topping coupe is the fastest and most powerful Continental GT released to the date. The same goes for its soft-top sibling, which is only marginally slower from 0 to 60 mph.

"The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley. From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 – and now with the third iteration of this iconic model – it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way," said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Bentley Continental Supersports.

  • 2018 Bentley Continental GT Supersports
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    W12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    650 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    205 mph (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.2/10

Exterior

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Essentially a more aggressive version of the GT Speed, the Supersports features a modified front bumper with revised side vents — now split in two by horizontal slats — a reshaped center intake, and a carbon-fiber splitter. Above, the trademark Bentley grille received blacked-out chrome elements and black bezels for the headlamps. The vents on each side of the hood are now finished in carbon-fiber.

Around back, the bumper sports a new carbon-fiber diffuser, black chrome trim, black taillight surrounds, and gloss-black exhaust pipes. Optionally, you can get a relatively large rear spoiler that gives the car a race-inspired look. This element also comes with an optimized front splitter.

Essentially a more aggressive version of the GT Speed, the Supersports features a modified front bumper with revised side vents

Moving onto the sides, the first thing that catches the eye is the new wheel design. The 21-inch rollers are made from forged alloy and are 20 kg (44 pounds) lighter than the standard rims. We can also notice new side sills extensions and black door handles and window trim. Another option adds side decals, while the X Specification package adds two-tone paints and carbon-fiber mirror caps.

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As with all Bentleys, the Continental GT Supersports can also be handed over to the company’s Mulliner department for individual customer requirements and special (yet very expensive) options.

COMPETING DESIGNS

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The British grand tourer is a tad smaller, being 3.4 inches shorter and 1.5 inches narrower

Given its massive size, performance, and comfort, the Bentley Continental GT doesn’t have too many competitors to match the same specs. The closest option you can have if you’re looking for similar luxury features and performance is the Aston Martin Vanquish S. However, the British grand tourer is a tad smaller, being 3.4 inches shorter and 1.5 inches narrower, and it also boasts a sportier, almost supercar-like appearance. The front end is much more aggressive with its low-stanced, trapezoidal grille, swept-back headlamps, and big splitter, while the rear looks more aerodynamic and more similar to a brutish, Ferrari sports car rather than an elegant Bentley. Carbon-fiber is used on the this car too, with the front splitter and the rear diffuser being just a couple of components that come in the lightweight material. The Vanquish’s profile is also more aggressive to look at thanks to its prominent side skirts, muscular rear haunches, and seemingly flatter roof line. Speaking of which, the Aston Martin is also a full five inches lower, which further contributes to its sporty image. Sure, the differences aren’t very overwhelming, the Vanquish S lacks the imposing stature and unique elegance of the Continental GT, even in Supersports trim. This doesn’t put the Aston Martin at a disadvantage though, but it’s an issue you need to consider.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Bentley Continental GT Supersports
Wheelbase (Inches) 107.87 108.1
Length (Inches) 186.22 189.2
Width (Inches) 75.19 76.5
Height (Inches) 50.98 54.9

Interior

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Inside the Supersports, there aren’t any changes as far as the overall design and layout go, but the upholstery and trim are unique to this model. For starters, it comes with an exclusive tri-tone seat upholstery — the first for this generation Conti GT — in black, white and red. The side bolsters are wrapped in red leather, the center section sports black Alcantara with red diamond quilting, while two white leather straps separate the two colors as they extend toward the headrest.

Needless to say, the Supersports' cockpit is as unique as they get, and the tri-tone upholstery is a nice touch

The door panels and the dashboard also feature white trim, while the floor mats have bright-red edges. Another feature that sets the Supersports apart is the checkered carbon-fiber dashboard panels on each side of the center stack. The standard setup is rounded off by new Supersports emblem stitching, a bespoke steering wheel with a red 12-o’clock stripe, and a unique gear lever with Alcantara inserts. Those who don’t like the carbon-fiber dash can choose between ten veneers and finishes. Naturally, a Mulliner-spec version can be equipped with just about any type of upholstery.

If you go with the X Specification package, the interior side panels will get a special carbon-fiber finish. The Convertible model also features the neck warmer, which makes open air driving appealing and comfortable even on the cooler days of spring and autumn.

Needless to say, the Supersports’ cockpit is as unique as they get, and the tri-tone upholstery is a nice touch even for a luxury car.

THE COMPETITION

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In many ways, the Vanquish is very similar to the Supersports on the inside

In many ways, the Vanquish S is very similar to the Continental GT Supersports on the inside. It may not have carbon-fiber and a fancy tri-tone upholstery as standard, but the British grand tourer can be customized in many ways. Actually, seating leather options are quite unique, with the new "Filograph" quilted seats matching everything Bentley has to offer, including the Mulliner division. The dark leather paired with white contrast stitching, quilting on the bolsters, and white "Vanquish S" embroidery on the headrests, add a dash of elegance and exclusivity to the otherwise sporty cabin. Speaking of sportiness, you’ll feel closer to the race track in this Aston Martin, especially due to the heavily slanted center stack and the wide center console. The only downside compared to the Continental GT is that the rear seats are significantly smaller and legroom is very tight for adults. Other features include the "Chopped Carbon" dashboard fascia, the latest AMi III infotainment system with 6.5-inch LCD, navigation, and Bluetooth, and a 13-speaker, 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system. The options list includes various steering wheel finishes, a black hardware pack, carbon-fiber shift paddles, personalized sill plates, perforated leather door inserts, and many more.

Drivetrain

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Under the hood of the Supersports lurks a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W-12 rated at a mind-boggling 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 74-horsepower and 145-pound-foot increase over the Continental GT Speed and an extra 79 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of twist compared to the previous-generation Supersports. This makes the current range-topping model the most powerful Conti GT ever built. But is it also the quickest?

Under the hood of the Supersports lurks a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter W-12 rated at a mind-boggling 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque

Indeed it is, as all that oomph pushes the Supersports from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, which is three tenths quicker than the first-gen model more than a half-second quicker than the current GT Speed. Top speed also increased to 209 mph, the most Bentley has ever offered on a production model. Compared to the GT Speed, the Supersports is three mph faster. Granted, that’s not much, but it sure counts in the statistics.

As for the Convertible model, it needs 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph, on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. Equally impressive for a drop-top of this size.

So what makes the Supersports quicker and more powerful than any other Bentley out there? For starters, the 6.0-liter W-12 uses high-capacity turbocharged and revised charge-air cooling system. In order for the car to harness the extra oomph, the cranktrain also gained new main and conrod bearing. A new torque converter locks up faster to make the best use of the massive torque output and increase acceleration, while the rear-biased torque split of the Bentley’s AWD system sends 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels for a sporty feel.

Bentley also developed a titanium exhaust system that’s five kg (11 pounds) lighter that the standard design. This feature is optional, as is the carbon-fiber engine cover. However, both are included in the X Specification package.

Moving over to the suspension system, the Supersports comes with a lowered, stiffened dynamic setup for a "luxurious drive quality." The standard brakes have a also been replaced with a high-performance, carbon-ceramic system with enhanced cooling. Bentley claims that these brake discs are "the largest of their type in the world."

COMPETING PERFORMANCE

The Vanquish's 5.9-liter V-12 received a power bump from 568 to 592 horsepower

Upgraded for the 2018 — and for the last time with a next-generation model underway — the Vanquish’s 5.9-liter V-12 received a power bump from 568 to 592 horsepower, while torque remained unchanged at 465 pound-feet. While these figures might not sound like much compared to the Continental GT Supersports, the Aston Martin is by no means slow, coming only a tenth-second behind the Bentley in the 0-to-60 race, with a 3.5-second benchmark. The reason for this is that the Aston Martin is nearly 1,000 pounds lighter than Supersports, which pretty much renders the Bentley’s extra 108 horsepower and 285 pound-feet almost useless. The new calibration of the eight-speed Touchtronic III transmission also helps, as do the retuned suspension and spring rates. Performance aside, the two are significantly different as far as engine go, with the Aston Martin still using the more traditional naturally aspirated power. I’m sure die-hard enthusiasts will find it rather enjoyable.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Bentley Continental GT Supersports
Engine 5.9-liter V-12 6-litre twin-turbocharged port injection W12
Horsepower 592 HP @ 7,000 RPM 700 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 465 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM 750 LB-FT @ 2,050 – 4,500 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds 3.4 seconds
Top Speed 201 mph 209 mph
Weight 3,834 Lbs 5,027 Lbs

Prices

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Pricing for the Continental GT Supersports is not yet available, but given that the GT Speed model starts from $240,300, the range-topping coupe could cost close to $300,000 before options. Expect the Convertible to fetch at least $320,000.

COMPETING PRICES

The Continental GT Supersports and the Vanquish S may be significantly different on the outside and under the hood, but they have similar price tag. Much like the Bentley, the Aston Martin costs nearly $300,000 before options, coming in at $294,950 in the United States.

Other Competitors

Ferrari F12berlineta

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The F12 might not compete in the exact same field as the Continental GT, but it’s pretty close to the Supersports model when it comes to performance and features. However, much like the Vanquish S, the F12 benefits from a significantly more aggressive design and it’s far more suitable for the race track given its motorsport-derived internals. Inside, the Ferrari features a sporty layout and some of the best materials you can find in a high-end car. Standard equipment includes two big LCD screen in the instrument cluster, infotainment with navigation, Bluetooth, and voice activation, cruise control, and a Harman Kardon audio system. Performance-wise, the F12berlinetta is definitely the superior machine, with its naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 pumping out no fewer than 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. And don’t let the inferior torque figure fool you, this Italian grand tourer needs only three seconds to hit 60 mph and tops out at an amazing 211 mph. As you might have already guessed, it’s also significant lighter, tipping the scales at only 3,120 pounds. Pricing starts from $324,000, which makes it the most expensive of the bunch.

Learn more about the Ferrari F12berlinetta here.

Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe

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I know what you’re thinking, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz have never competed against each other in the same segment and the AMG S63 Coupe is significantly longer than any other car discussed in this review, but what may seem ludicrous at first glance will make some sense if you bear with me. For starters, the S-Class Coupe isn’t a lot bigger than the Continental GT. Sure, it may offer more room in the rear and its interior design feels more modern, but the S63 Coupe actually boasts the same qualities as the Supersports. It has plenty of power, it’s fast, it can be customized in various way, and it can also be comfortable when not driven in anger. Moving the AMG S63 aobut is a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 that cranks out 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Available with all-wheel-drive only in the States, it gets to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, while top speed is limited at 186 mph. If you need more power, the AMG S65 version comes with a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V-12 good for 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Although this model is closer to the Supersports in terms of output, it’s actually slower to 60 mph due to its RWD-only configuration. Specifically, it needs four seconds to hit the benchmark and tops out at 186 mph. The good news is that the beefed-up S-Class Coupe is significantly more affordable, starting from $164,750 in AMG S63 trim. The AMG S65 is pricier at $236,250 before options, but it’s nowhere near as expensive as the Continental GT Supersports.

Find out more about the AMG S63 and AMG S65 here and here.

Conclusion

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The first-generation Continental GT Supersports was a highly acclaimed performance and luxury model and solid proof that Bentley knows how to build high-performance cars that can be quick but still offer the comfort of a high-end sedan. Since then, the British firm has created a race car based on the Conti GT and the track-focused, but road-legal GT3-R, but enthusiasts were still asking for a new Supersports. Now that the current Conti GT is about to be phased out in a couple of year, the second-gen Supersport finally made an entrance and took the crown as the quickest and most powerful model in the lineup. It’s impressive by all means and will make headlines for years to come, but the competition ain’t bad either. From where I stand, it’s only downside is the almost 5,000-pound weight rating, which makes heavier than its most competitors and not a good vehicle for weekends at the track. Because of this reason alone, I’d be happier with an Aston Martin Vanquish S, despite the lower power output.

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    • Very expensive
    • Significantly heavier than most competitors
    • Not exactly suitable for track use

Rendering

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Press Release

Bentley is today announcing its fastest and most powerful production model to date: the new Bentley Continental Supersports.

A top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds) make the new Continental Supersports the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury four-seat car.

Similarly, its soft-top sibling, the Continental Supersports Convertible, is the fastest four-seat convertible in the world, despatching the sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 secs) on its way to a 205 mph (330 km/h) top speed.

Bentley’s mighty W12 engine, redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware, and a torque vectoring system create a Continental Supersports as agile as it is powerful. Meanwhile, unique styling cues inside and out give the new model a sharpened athletic appearance highlighting its performance potential.

As well as offering supercar pace and a highly focused driving experience, there is no compromise in the refined nature of the Continental’s ride quality. This fusion of extremes in luxury and performance make the Supersports the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define and dominate the grand touring genre.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: "The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley. From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 – and now with the third iteration of this iconic model – it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way.”

Extreme Power and Torque; Stand-Out Performance

A bespoke drivetrain featuring Bentley’s W12 engine combines extreme power and torque to offer exhilarating performance.

Key to the Supersports’ additional outputs are newly designed, higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised charge-air cooling system which create more boost and additional power. In order to harness these additional outputs, upgrades have also been made to the Continental’s cranktrain, including new main and conrod bearings.

These extensive engine revisions result in an increase of 80 PS (79 bhp) and 217 Nm (160 lb.ft.) over the 2009 Supersports model – a 10 percent power-to-weight and 25 percent torque-to-weight ratio improvement. The top speed rises by five miles per hour (and the 0-60 mph time drops by 0.3 seconds).

The Supersports also benefits from a new torque converter which locks up faster allowing the car to make best use of the enhanced torque figure of 1,017 Nm (750 lb. ft.), and accelerate from standstill even more rapidly.

In order to rein in this immense performance the new Supersports is fitted with high-performance carbon ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling. The brake discs are the largest of their type in the world, providing excellent performance with minimal fade under extreme conditions.

The brakes sit behind lightweight 21” forged alloy wheels, together offering a 20 kg weight saving in unsprung mass. A further 5 kg weight-saving is offered via an optional titanium exhaust system. The new Supersports is the lightest-ever iteration of the current Continental GT and lighter than the 2009 four-seat Supersports model.

Enhancing the driver experience still further, the exhaust system has been redesigned to breathe more freely and provide an unmistakeable Bentley soundtrack, with down-shifts eliciting a rifle-fire crackle.

Ultimate Handling and Luxury Refinement

This performance is matched by athletic handling. The Supersports has a specifically calibrated and updated version of the torque vectoring system first introduced on the Continental GT3-R.

This dynamic system brakes individual front and rear wheels during acceleration out of corners to increase performance, whilst maintaining full power to unbraked wheels, and brakes the inside rear wheel on turn-in to improve agility. It also has a bespoke, less intrusive stability control calibration for a more precise chassis response.

The new Supersports retains the rear-biased torque split of Bentley’s all-wheel-drive system, sending 60 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard for a better balanced, more sporting character, but with the ability to adjust the front-rear power split depending on available traction.

Despite the focus on sharper driving dynamics, the Supersports’ lowered and stiffened dynamic suspension set-up retains all of its luxurious ride quality for passengers wishing to cover long distances in supreme comfort.

Bespoke Design Signalling High-Performance Character

The new Continental Supersports features unique exterior and interior styling cues which reflect the significant uplift in the performance capability of this pinnacle grand tourer.

Exterior changes include newly sculpted front and rear bumper designs incorporating a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively, new side sill extensions and bonnet vents also finished in carbon-fibre, gloss-black front wing vents and a new gloss-black, rifled exhaust tailpipe design. Completing the dramatic exterior look are dark-tint headlamps and tail-lamps, and a complement of black-finished brightware to the front grilles, lights, rear bumper, door handles and window surrounds.

There is also an optional, aerodynamically balanced rear spoiler and front splitter combination for the coupe, new Supersports badging, a new black and bright-machined finish for the 21” forged alloy wheels and optional side decals. Further highlighting the enhanced performance, an optional gloss-finished, Supersports-branded carbon-fibre engine cover can be specified.

The new Continental Supersports Convertible offers the luxury and refinement of a coupé yet transforms into a head-turning open-tourer at the touch of a button. The multi-layer hood ensures high levels of refinement and acoustic insulation. Exhaustively tested in all conditions from -30°C to +50°C or more, it resists even monsoon-force rain and maintains comfortable, draft-free warmth even on the coldest days.

Another practical feature, the neck warmer, makes open air driving an appealing and comfortable prospect even on the cooler days of spring and autumn. With the hood down, the Continental Supersports Convertible offers sensational performance with the sensory amplification of open-air motoring. Hood up, it’s as practical a year-round proposition as its coupé stablemate.

Inside, a host of bespoke styling details enhance the contemporary British luxury experience.

A unique colour split has been created, using three colours: the first tri-tone interior offered in this generation Continental GT. A new diamond-quilted design is incorporated in the seats and door side panels for a unique signature in Alcantara, while chequered Supersports carbon-fibre fascia panels join the existing list of ten veneers and technical finishes available. The interior is completed by new Supersports emblem stitching, and a bespoke Supersports steering wheel and unique gearlever, both featuring Alcantara accents.

A titanium exhaust option is available for drivers seeking a more intense audible experience. As well as a stirring soundtrack, the Titanium system also provides a weight reduction.

For Supersports customers seeking even more personalisation, an
‘X Specification’ pack is available, consisting of eight unique duo-tone paint treatments and carbon-fibre door mirrors and heel plates. The titanium exhaust option is included, as is a carbon-fibre finish to the interior side panels, the carbon-fibre engine cover and a gloss black finish to the 21” forged wheels.

As with all Bentleys, the Supersports can also be handed over to the highly skilled craftspeople at Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding department, who will respond to individual customer requirements.

Supersports: The Ultimate in Luxury and Performance

The Continental Supersports of 2009 won global plaudits for its unique combination of extreme dynamics and unrivalled luxury.

The new Supersports takes these characteristics to new heights of engineering excellence, transforming this model into the world’s fastest four-seat car and one that is, nonetheless, an everyday, usable luxury coupe or convertible.

It sits at the pinnacle of Bentley’s luxury and performance ethos and is the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define luxury automotive grand touring.

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