For Bentley, the 2017 Continental Supersports represent a massive leap forward. We are seeing the fastest production car ever made by this carmaker. What are we exactly getting? We could say “excellence” or “superb quality”. Bentley raised the bar and delivered, at least in theory, an exceptional supercar.
But the 2017 Continental Supersports is not only more powerful but agiler as well. We can say that Bentley went the extra mile in order to develop something that they will not beat easily in the near future. How good is this new release?
Let’s take a look at the juicy details.
Specs and Performance
The 2017 Continental Supersports will pack an impressive twin-turbo 6.0-litre W-12 powerplant. This massive beast is capable of producing up to 700 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of maximum torque. The astonishing power output we are witnessing here represents a significant upgrade from the Continental Speed model, which has the same engine but generates 67 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque less.
All the extra power comes from many improvements made to the W-12 powerplant, including upgraded intercoolers and larger turbochargers. This legendary setup will be complete along with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, which is going to be the only alternative in terms of transmission. This gearbox will enjoy a brand-new torque converter, specially tuned to resist the output.
But how fast this setup can make us go? According to Bentley, the 2017 Continental Supersports will go from zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds, while the top speed is going to be around 209 mph (336 km/h).
We must also mention that Bentley borrowed a few fancy elements from the epic Continental GT3-R model, like the torque-vectoring system. The 2017 Continental Supersports will also enjoy important enhancements in terms of handling and suspension, making it competitive enough, even for its really serious GT3-R sibling. Many of these upgrades are lighter materials, lower and stiffer suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes for extraordinary stopping power.
Wisely, Bentley decided to reflect what is under the hood on how the Continental Supersports look. This new model can be easily identified among its line-up, basically because of the athletic and aggressive body kit.
Notable elements of the new body are vents and grilles finished with gloss black, carbon-fiber front splitter and rear diffuser, and both headlights and taillights tinted with a murderous tone. Oddly, the discrete-but-epic rear wing comes as an option.
Once we arrive at the interior, everything looks classy and luxurious, as expected from any Continental model. Carbon-fiber trimming is abundant, just like the Supersports badges on the faux-suede upholstery. It’s needless to say that the cabin feeling is beyond premium.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports represents an over-the-top effort to stand up in an exotic segment, adding a load of power to an already fast model. The massive upgrade this supercar actually is, embodies a game-changer scenario for Bentley, raising their own bar by a lot.
A convertible model will be also available, lowering the performance numbers and increasing the price. The base model will have a price tag of US$296,025, while the convertible one goes up to US$325,325.