2017 continental supersports – da17 uwr
The Supersports badge has a long tradition behind it as Bentley’s most extreme performance version. First used in 1925 for the 3 Litre Supersports, it was revived in 2009 for the first-generation Continental Supersports. In 2017 it reappeared as the ultimate performance version of the second-generation Continental GT. Just 710 examples were built in celebration of its 710PS power output.
The 2017 Continental Supersports drew some of its technology and inspiration from the GT3-R, itself a roadgoing version of the Team Bentley racing GT3. Unlike these two models, it was powered by a 6.0-litre W12 and not the 4.0-litre Bentley V8. The Supersports made its public debut in 2017 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed when five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell took the wheel for the fabled hillclimb.
Taken to the limit
The Continental Supersports was powered by a W12 Bentley engine developing 710 PS (522 kW; 700 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 1,017 Nm of torque at 2,050–4,500 rpm. The ZF 8-speed automatic featured Quickshift, Block Shifting and a wheel-mounted paddleshift. Brakes were carbon silicon carbide discs with enhanced cooling, 420 mm (17 in) front and 356 mm (14 in) rear. Other performance focused features included 21-inch forged alloy wheels, an optional titanium exhaust system, an updated torque vectoring system, and a lowered and stiffened dynamic suspension set-up. The benchmark 0-62 mph acceleration time took just 3.4 seconds and top speed was 209 mph.
Model-specific features included new front and rear bumper designs incorporating a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively. Bonnet vents and side sill extensions were in carbon fibre, with front wing vents and rifled exhaust tailpipes in gloss black. The interior offered owners the option of a new tri-tone colour split, while the Alcantara and hide upholstery showcased a new diamond-quilted design for seats and door side panels. Among the options were chequered Supersports carbon-fibre fascia panels.
The Heritage Collection Continental Supersports
The Continental Supersports in the Collection is finished in Glacier White with an interior in Beluga hide. Emblem and contrast stitching is in white.
|Date Produced||2017-2018; this model 2017|
|Body||Coupé; 2 doors, 4 seats; weight 2,454 kg|
|Engine||Twin-turbocharged W12, 5,998 cc. Two parallel turbochargers, direct intercooling|
|Power||710 PS (700 bhp) @ 6,000 rpm, 1,017 Nm @ 2,050-4,500 rpm|
|Transmission||All-wheel drive with 8-speed ZF Quickshift automatic transmission|
|Chassis||Front: Four-link double wishbones, anti-roll bar|
Rear: Trapezoidal multi-link, anti-roll bar
Self-levelling air suspension, Continuous Damping Control, ZF speed-sensitive Servotronic
|Dimensions||Length 4,818 mm; width 1,948 mm; track front / rear 1,663 mm / 1,656 mm; height 1,391 mm|
|Performance||Maximum speed 209 mph (336 km/h); 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 3.4 sec|