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Fastest and most powerful production Bentley detailed

06.01.2017

Teased in a single image earlier this week, Bentley has officially unveiled its most powerful production car to date and possibly the swansong version of the current generation Continental GT.

Based on the flagship W12 model with components lifted from the limited run GT3-R, the new Supersports is also touted by the British marque as being the fastest four-seat luxury car on sale today in both coupe and convertible guises.

Boasting a revised charge-air cooling system for additional boost, upgraded cranktrain and higher capacity turbochargers, the 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 now produces 522 kW and a colossal 1 017 N.m of torque - 59 kW more than the previous Supersports and 99 kW more than the standard W12 - which allows for a 0-100 km/h sprint of 3.5 seconds (3.7 for the convertible) and a top speed of 336 km/h for the coupe with the convertible rated at 330 km/h.

Aside from the power upgrade, the Supersports has also been revised underneath with a lowered and stiffened suspension, carbon ceramic brakes claimed to be the biggest of their type in the world, optional titanium exhaust for a five kilogram save in overall weight and a set of lightweight 21-inch forged alloy wheels for an additional 20 kg weight save.

Tipping the scales at 2.2 tons despite being lighter than the standard W12 and previous Supersports, the newcomer retains the same torque-split four-wheel drive system as before, but with a recalibrated version of the GT3-R's torque vectoring system allowing for individual front and rear wheel barking and ability to send up 60% of available power to the rear wheels.

Although small, exterior and interior changes over to the standard Continental GT are noticeable with new front and rear bumpers, carbon-fibre front spiller, gloss-black carbon-fibre front wing vents, carbon-fibre diffuser, new door sill extensions, gloss-black riffled exhaust, optional Supersports-branded carbon-fibre engine cover, black tinted front and rear lights and optional rear spoiler.

Inside, the interior receives a new tri-colour finish with diamond quilted pattern on the Alcantara finished seats and door panels, chequered Supersports carbon-fibre panels, new Supersports emblem stitching, bespoke steering and gear lever and ten facia veneer options with unique detailing.

In the UK, pricing starts at £212 500 (R3 589 119) for the coupe and £233 800 (R3 948 875) for the convertible with local availability yet to be confirmed.

Article written by Autodealer
06.01.2017
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