About This Car
“With ballistic acceleration in demand it is just plain silly, which ultimately is the purpose of the Supersports Mk II. You will almost certainly run out of tarmac and nerve before you run out of power; there aren’t many places on earth where you can explore this car’s 205-plus mph top speed… if you will, you may do so in your Saville Row suit”.
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.”
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, dispatching 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
The open top version 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 color split has been created, using three colors: 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 gear lever, both featuring Alcantara accents.
The Continental Supersports of 2009 won global plaudits for its unique combination of extreme dynamics and unrivaled 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.
Speedart Motorsports is delighted to offer for sale one of the 150 Continental Supersports Convertibles imported in America, in one of the most elegant configurations, handsomely equipped and absolutely immaculate.
Chassis 67567 rolled from the Crewe factory on December 2017 and it was shipped to the designated Bentley dealer of Washington DC on September 2018 with 15 factory miles. The motorcar stayed with the dealer on prominent display until January 2019 when a British sports car aficionado was captivated by the looks of this magnificent sporting machine and decided to purchase the Bentley on the spur of the moment.
Due to the owner’s dual residency the Supersports was registered for the first time on January 29 in Florida and it was sparingly used as a weekend cruiser. This breathtaking open top missile was appropriately ordered with the titanium exhaust which at the time was a $7,870 option, available for drivers seeking a more intense audible experience. As well as a stirring soundtrack, the Titanium system also provides a weight reduction.
This impossibly perfect motorcar is finished in Beluga high gloss enamel with carbon fiber exterior fittings like wing mirrors, front and rear aprons, aerodynamic valances and diffusers, bonnet mounted vents, etc. The high specification interior is tailored in traditional Bentley fashion with a fusion of materials, attesting to the sporting character of the automobile, including Beluga hides with contrasting white seat bolsters and Alcantara inserts on the seating surfaces and door cards. Further Alcantara is applied on the Supersports proprietary steering wheel and knurled gear selector among other fittings.
The upholstery throughout the cabin is adorned with contrast White stitching in a unique diamond quilted pattern creating a bespoke theme of unparalleled craftsmanship. At last contrasting “Bentley Wings” embroidery on all four headrests and Piano Black veneers with high gloss chequered carbon fiber facia panels complete the spectacular interior.
The bespoke Continental Supersports Convertible carried a hefty ticket of $343,425 new and it was equipped with the following options, arguably representing one of the greatest values in today’s supercar market.
- Neck warmers
- LED approach lamps
- Supersports titanium exhaust system
- Supersports decal in Dark Grey
- Ventilated front seats with massage function
- Carbon fibre wing mirrors
- Wind deflector
- Twin front armrests
- Deep pile overmats to front and rear
- Contrast binding to carpet overmats
The sale of this limited series Bentley is accompanied by all keys, owner’s manuals, Monroney label, wind deflector in fitted case and a battery tender as supplied by the manufacturer. A non derogatory CarFax report is supplied upon request manifesting the single-ownership provenance and the in-service date.
Speedart Motorsports invites all serious inquiries and welcomes all interested parties to witness up-close and personal this British thoroughbred in our motor gallery at the Miami Design District.
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