2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
Bentley Continental Supersports
The Bentley Continental Supersports is the quickest and nearly brawny Bentley always. It is the extremum Bentley, a mesomorphic roadster that delivers supercar operation and a extremely focussed impulsive live. The Bentley Continental Supersports is besides the offset Bentley able of operative on both gasoline (gasolene) and biofuel, pioneering the use of FlexFuel engineering in the opulence sphere. This represents level one of the party’s loyalty to micturate its concluded exemplar grasp compatible with renewable fuels by 2012. Uncommitted oecumenical from fall 2009, the Bentley Continental Supersports leave be FlexFuel compatible in the bulk of markets from launching with Northwards American cars offer the capacity by summertime 2010, pursuit regulative commendation.
The Bentley Continental Supersports began as an ‘nether the radiolocation’ undertaking exploring the possibilities of burthen simplification on the Bentley Continental GT but with more might and torsion. A mostly data-based summons crystallized o’er a catamenia of 24 months into an functionary new car program, determined by the mania and exuberance of a diminished aggroup of Bentley engineers and designers. The results are striking. With 630PS (621 bhp) and new ‘Quickshift’ infection that halves shifting multiplication, the Bentley Continental Supersports sets new execution benchmarks for Bentley. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) with a top amphetamine of 204 mph (329 km/h).
2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
Supercar functioning is complemented by an range of frame enhancements including retuned guidance and reprieve, utilising hoy angle components, retuned dampers and anti-roll bars. Nimbleness is advance sharpened by the 40:60 rear-biased torsion rip for the all-wheel crusade organization, a wider bum racecourse, tailor-made jackanapes 20-inch admixture wheels and a alone electronic constancy program. C ceramic brakes are touchstone fitment, benefiting steerage reply, hold and bait puff, patch deliverance weighting. Boilersuit, the technology squad bear achieved a slant decrease of 110 kg (243 lb) compared with the Bentley Continental GT Speed.
The evolution of the Bentley Continental Supersports’ design is very much a case of ‘form following function’ with new purposeful sculptural forms signalling the engineering changes beneath the skin. For example, the increased power and torque of the W12 engine necessitated additional airflow to the twin turbocharger intercoolers and cooling system. Bentley’s designers responded with a purposeful and dramatic style that features large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents. Similarly, new flared rear wings that accommodate the 50 mm (2 inches) wider rear track are designed to emphasise the powerful stance of this ultra-high performance coupe. The resultant Supersports style combines the looks of the iconic Continental GT with a new and distinctive appearance that reflects its more extreme character.
The Bentley Continental Supersports is further distinguished from its Continental coupe stable mates by a unique dark-smoked steel finish to all exterior ‘brightware’, including front grilles, lamp bezels, window surrounds and wheels. A complex ‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ process is applied to all stainless steel components to give a lustrous and highly durable finish. A car industry first, this process is normally used as a coating on industrial tools, watches and even hip replacement joints.
Fully embracing the extreme spirit of the Supersports, Bentley’s interior designers have created a unique ambience. The cockpit represents a dramatic reinterpretation of Bentley interior design in which carbon fibre and Alcantara not only convey a sporting and contemporary style but also reduce weight. The Bentley Continental Supersports is a strict two-seater featuring all-new lightweight sports seats with carbon fibre clamshell rear panels. In the rear compartment, the seats are replaced by a stowage deck with a carbon fibre luggage retaining beam. The new interior also provides a showcase for the skills of Bentley’s craftsmen and women at the company’s factory in Crewe, England. Signature premium grade leather and brightware are complemented by carbon fibre panels, replacing traditional wood veneers.
The Bentley Continental Supersports is capable of running on either petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two. E85 biofuel can offer a reduction of up to 70 per cent in CO2 emissions on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis. Well-to-wheel is a measurement of a fuel’s net CO2 contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions. It is a way of quantifying how much CO2 a fuel emits from its growth or extraction (well) to its combustion or deployment (wheel). It includes refinement, distillation and transport of the fuel. The fuel supply system detects the blending ratio of the fuel in the tank and ensures that power and torque remain constant regardless of the ratio of petrol to biofuel. The result is seamless power delivery in the Bentley tradition.
The ‘Supersports’ name is inspired by the original two-seater 3-litre Supersports model introduced in 1925, itself an evolution of the 3-litre Speed. The lightweight, 85 bhp Supersports was the first production Bentley to reach 100 mph and was also renowned for the application of Le Mans-winning race technology.
Commenting on the new Supersports model, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive said: “The Bentley Continental Supersports reflects the passion and enthusiasm of Bentley’s engineers and designers. This is the fastest, most extreme Bentley ever, dramatically styled to underline its supercar character. Importantly, it also pioneers the use of FlexFuel technology in the luxury sector.”