Bentley Continental Supersports is the Fastest, Most Powerful Bentley Ever

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Bentley Continental GT SupersportsPhoto: James Lipman / jameslipman.com

Bentley Beast Generates 700 Horsepower and 750 Lb-Ft, Hits a Top Speed of 209 MPH

Bentley has just topped its 633-bhp Continental GT Speed with the new flagship of the Continental line, the 2017 Supersports.

Thanks to the use of higher-capacity turbos and revised intercooling, the twin-turbo W12 under the hood now generates more boost and more power – 700 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of torque, to be exact. According to Bentley, “These extensive engine revisions result in an increase of 80 PS (79 bhp) and 217 Nm (160 lb.ft.) over the 2009 Supersports model – a 10 percent power-to-weight and 25 percent torque-to-weight ratio improvement.” Those increases also allow the new Supersorts coupe to go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 209 mph – both of which are improvements over the ’09 Supersports. The new convertible version can rocket to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and top out at 205 mph.

That higher output is pushed to the road through an eight-speed automatic and an updated version of the torque vectoring system rolled out on the limited-run Continental GT3-R. The all-wheel drive system splits torque 40/60 front/rear and sends it through lightweight, forged 21-inch alloy wheels. Those, along with 16.5-inch front and 14-inch rear carbon ceramic brakes, cut unsprung weight by 44 pounds. An optional titanium exhaust brings the LBs down by another 11 pounds.

Around all of that engine and stopping power, the Supersorts features new bumpers, side sill extensions, and a new tailpipe design, as well as a carbon fiber splitter and diffuser. Instead of traditional brightwork, the Supersports is trimmed with a variety of black accents.

Seats with a new diamond-quilted design sit in the middle of a tri-color interior. The door side panels come in the same design in Alcantara. The fascia panels are available in a variety of veneers and other materials, including checker-pattern carbon fiber. Other design elements include a special Supersports steering wheel and gear lever – both trimmed with Alcantara.

If you’re going to be in Detroit in the near future, you can see the Bentley Continental Supersports in all of its glory at the 2017 North American International Auto Show for yourself. Until then, check it out in the video and photo gallery below.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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