With a claim of being the world's fastest four-seat convertible, the new 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible is also the fastest Bentley convertible ever. With an acceleration of 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 202, this is one superfast luxury vehicle.
Making its debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in March, the convertible is coming after last year's Supersports Coupe. When comparing the two models, you will find that they are mostly identical, except for the convertible top on the newest model, which allows the convertible car to be 198 pounds lighter than the coupe. The Supersports includes a smoked steel finish, like that of a luxury watch, on the radiator, hood vents and lower grille and all are finished with a PVD, or physical vapor deposition. Bentley says this process deposits vaporized metal on stainless steel surfaces for added protection and that the Supersports is the first time a vehicle has had an application of PVD.
Looking at the performance of the car, we can see that Bentley pulled all the stops with the 6.0-liter W-12 engine which includes twin turbos. The all-wheel-drive package results in 621 horsepower and 590 lb-ft pounds of torque. The 0-60 time alone should tell you that this car is not just for looks. With a top speed of 202 miles per hour, this isn't your normal high-end luxury vehicle. The engine is mated to a revised ZF six-speed Quickshift automatic transmission and can also run on either gasoline or E85 ethanol.
Wheels on the Contenential Supersports Convertible are 20-inch 10-spoke alloys, which are 5.5 pounds lighter than the coupe's wheels. They come wrapped in 275/35ZR20 Pirelli high-performance rubber. New carbon-ceramic brakes have been fitted on the car along, which reduces the overall weight by 44 pounds. To help keep the tires in contact with the road in times of hard driving, two inches were added to the rear track width. The suspension system has also been re-tuned for better performance.
The interior boasts Alcantara and soft-grip leather, a cockpit trimmed in satin-finish carbon fiber, a Convenience Package which includes adaptive cruise control, front seat massage function, telephone handsets, rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and an iPod interface. Sparco bucket seats replace the regular Bentley seats and end up saving the car about 100 pounds. They are also covered in diamond-quilted Alcantara accents.
The 2011 Bentley Continential Supersports Convertible will show up in showrooms at the beginning of the summer of 2010. Fuel economy has not been released yet, but with a starting price in the $260,000 range, it's a good bet that buyers aren't really concerned with how many miles they will get out of each gallon of gas.