A FEW lucky Australian Bentley buyers will pay a minimum of $569,522 plus
on-road costs for the privilege of owning the fastest four-seat car in the
world, the 336km/h Continental Supersports.
Presented today at the Australian F1 Grand Prix, the big two-door sportscar is
not only the most powerful and most expensive Continental ever offered, but
also the last in the current line that stretches back to 2011, albeit with
several major makeovers in the interim
An all-new Continental is expected to be shown at the Frankfurt motor show in
September, signalling the start of a new era at the Volkswagen-owned,
British-based luxury car-maker.
But that has not stopped buyers queuing for the 2017 Supersports. Out of global
production run of 710 – a figure representing the horsepower of the 522kW beast
– just 10 of the latest Continental Supersports have been allocated to
Australia – eight coupes and two convertibles.
Bentley’s Asia-Pacific regional sales and marketing manager David Jackson said
had asked the factory for more car, as the current allocation was all but
subscribed, mostly by
owners of the previous Continental Supersports that was launched in 2009.
The $569,522 pricetag for the new Supersports coupe represents an $84,320
premium over the current flagship Continental, the $485,200 GT Speed.
The convertible version is more expensive again, at $626,474, which is $92,074
more than the topless GT Speed.
Courtesy of bigger turbos and other new hardware in the engine, Superspeed
buyers get an extra 59kW of power at 522kW, plus 217Nm more torque at 1017Nm
from the 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbo engine .
This helps blast the 2.2-tonne coupe version from zero to 100km/h in a
Porsche-like 3.4 seconds, and on to a theoretical top speed of 336km/h. This
makes it the fastest Bentley road car ever.
The heavier convertible (2.4-tonnes) is a fraction slower, but still covers the
0-100km/h sprint in 3.7 seconds and tops out at 330km/h.
What are claimed to be the biggest brakes of their type on any production car,
420mm carbon-ceramic discs, haul the Supersports to a stop.
These massive brakes sit behind 21-inch forged alloy wheels that are unique to
the Superspeed and slice an impressive 25kg from the overall weight, helping to
make this variant the lightest of all current Continentals.
Other external styling changes include unique front and rear bumpers with
carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively, along with other carbon-fibre
and black-finished trim bits such as side vents.
Headlamps and tail-lamps come with a smoked-glass finish, while the grille and
other bits have a dark chrome effect.
If the buyer wishes, a carbon-fibre rear wing spoiler can be included, along
with a lightweight titanium exhaust pipe.
The suspension has been tweaked to handle the extra speed, and a torque
vectoring system previously employed on the Continental GT3 R has been included
as standard equipment on the all-wheel-drive system that is – under normal
running – biased 60 per cent to the rear wheels.
The vectoring system brakes individual wheels in an out of corners while
maintaining full squirt to other wheels to help the car track evenly around the
Apart from its electric-powered fabric top, the convertible gets neck warmers
for front seat occupants for chilly days.
The tri-tone interior has quilted seats and door trims in a diamond stitch
pattern, along with a carbon-fibre checkered design on the dash. If the buyer
prefers, nine other finishes are available from the standard list, or they can
dip into the endless options from Mulliner’s bespoke services.