700 HP 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports Revealed

The present second-generation Bentley Continental might be on the tail end of its production run, but that isn’t stopping the British automaker from creating one last unique treat for the luxurious two-door. Debuting on the eve of the 2017 Detroit auto show is the 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports, which churns out a whopping 700 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque.

That is 67 hp and 130 lb-ft far more than the Continental GT Speed. And the Conti easily tops the horsepower war against its competitors in the upper echelon of fancy and high-priced coupes. The Rolls-Royce Wraith, for instance, tends to make 624 hp and 642 lb-ft (for the Black Badge edition) and the not too long ago unveiled Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet pumps out 621 hp and 738 lb-ft.

2017 Bentley Continental GT SuperSports rear three quarter Photo two/14   |   2017 Bentley Continental GT SuperSports rear 3 quarter

Bentley says the initial-generation Continental Supersports was a success so bringing it back was a no-brainer. “It has achieved a sort of cult status,” mentioned Bentley director of solution management Paul Jones in a phone interview. “It really is positioned as sort of a pinnacle grand tourer. It really is the ultimate balance of luxury and overall performance.”

Beneath the sheetmetal is Bentley’s familiar 6.-liter twin-turbo W-12, eight-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive program (40/60 front/rear split). Jones mentioned the burly 12-cylinder is fairly understressed in the base Conti GT (582 hp and 531 lb-ft) so with that in thoughts Bentley fitted the Supersports with larger turbochargers and a a lot more robust cooling system.

The outcome is what Bentley claims to be the quickest Continental ever. Estimated -60 mph time is three.5 seconds, although it will most likely be quicker. The Continental GT3-R, for instance, was estimated to run to 60 mph in 3.six seconds, but we accomplished three.three seconds in our testing. Best speed for the Supersports is set at 209 mph.

Like the GT3-R, the Supersports features a brake-based torque vectoring system. Other modifications contain a lowered and stiffened suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and carbon fiber aerodynamic kit. Bentley claims those carbon bits helped trim down curb weight by about 80 pounds compared to the GT Speed. The Supersports will be presented in coupe or convertible type and the former is obtainable with a GT3-R-inspired fixed rear spoiler.

So will 700-plus-horsepower Continentals be the norm moving forward? Bentley won’t say, but for now you can have the 700-hp Supersports by the initial quarter of this year.

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