The Bentley Continental Supersports is a limited production version of the Bentley Continental grand touring coupe, available in coupe and convertible versions. The Bentley Continental GT was released in 2003, and it was the first completely new Bentley to be released since the British auto manufacturer came under control of Volkswagen Group. The Continental became recognized for increasing Bentley’s profile as an automaker across the globe. Bentley announced the Continental Supersports in 2009, with an announcement by Jay Leno at the Geneva Motor Show. The Bentley Continental Supersports coupe became available in the fall of 2009 in many markets across the globe, and the convertible, which was announced at the Geneva Auto Show in 2010, went on sale that summer. Bentley also announced the release of FlexFuel models of Continental Supersports in North America the following year, the first Bentley capable of running on E85 ethanol as well as gasoline. The Bentley Continental Supersports is still sold as of the 2013 model year.
The Bentley Continental Supersports features a 6-liter W12 engine that is rated at 621 brake horsepower. The car boasts a 0-62 acceleration time of 3.7 seconds and a 0-100 acceleration time of 8.9 seconds, as well as a top speed of 204 miles per hour. This makes the Bentley Continental Supersports the most powerful production Bentley vehicle in history, as well as the fastest and best handling. The Continental Supersports’ drivetrain is completed with a Tiptronic automatic gearbox featuring the Quickshift system, enabling drivers to shift 50% faster. The Tiptronic with Quickshift also enables double downshifts. The Continental Supersports comes standard with all-wheel-drive, and a Torsen center differential splits the torque for the all-wheel-drive system in a 40:60 ratio, favoring the rear wheels. The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the Continental Supersports at 12 miles per gallon city, 19 miles per gallon highway, and 14 miles per gallon combined. Stopping power comes from carbon fiber-reinforced silicon carbide ceramic disc brakes, which Bentley claims are the highest performance and biggest brakes ever available on a production car. The Bentley Continental Supersports weighs 243 pounds less than the Continental GT Speed. It is available only with seating for two occupants, rather than the Continental’s two-plus-two arrangement.
The Continental Supersports coupe and convertible, which are available only in one trim level, come similarly equipped. Features on both vehicles include 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels wrapped with Pirelli high performance rubber, a Bosch electronic stability control system with a dynamic mode, an automatic speed-sensitive retractable spoiler that engages at 50 miles per hour, parking sensors, automatic wipers, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth wireless integration, bi-xenon headlights, automatic wipers, carbon fiber trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, an infotainment system, a 10-speaker stereo system with satellite radio and iPod integration, a navigation system, and real-time traffic information. Available equipment options include a power trunk, two-tone interior options, a rearview camera, a premium audio upgrade, and Continental GT seats. The interior is fitted with a more tech-inspired theme than Bentley’s traditional wood and leather finishes. Faux suede upholstery and carbon fiber trim are a nod to the Continental Supersports’ performance engineering, and lightweight racing bucket seats come standard, although they can be swapped out in favor of the Continental GT’s more luxurious front seats. Bentley will also fine-tune fitment of the driver’s seat to suit the buyer’s preferred positioning.