2018 Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley is yet again challenging the powerful and luxury
“boys”, read Porsche and Ferrari at their own game.  The
automaker is set to release a more powerful variant of the
Continental
GT, 4-seat coupe and cabriolet. The automaker claims that
once out, the models will be the most powerful and fastest in
the segment. Well, how better to do it if not by reviving the
legendary “Supersports” nametag? Bentley has only used this
nametag on its models two other times in history, first in 1920
and recently in 2009.  The automaker has now launched 2018
Bentley Continental Supersports a third-edition of the model
with the sole aim of rivaling the very best models in the
segment. Read along for more information:

2018 Bentley Continental Supersports Exterior

In terms of looks, the Continental Supersports is a more
aggressive version of the GT Speed. To set it apart from the GT
Speed, Bentley has modified the Supersports front bumper by
adding new side vents that are split into two by horizontal
slats. The front fascia also boasts a carbon-fiber splitter and
a revised center intake. The signature Bentley grille has black
chrome elements. The grille is flanked by LED headlights with
black bezels The vents on its hood are dressed in carbon-fiber.

Looking at the sides, one is immediately captivated by the new
21-inch, forged aluminum wheels, which the automaker claims,
are 44 pounds lighter than the wheels on regular continental
models. The sides also feature black door handles, a black
window trim and new side sills. Selecting the X Specification
package adds carbon-fiber mirror caps and a two-tone color
finish.

The rear features a black chrome trim, a carbon-fiber diffuser,
black taillight surrounds as well as gloss-black exhaust pipes.
Race-minded drivers can opt for a larger rear spoiler that
gives the model a racing look. Choosing this also gets you an
optimized splitter for the front fascia.

For more customization, buyers can hand over their models to
Bentley’s Mulliner department at an extra cost of course.

2018 Bentley Continental Supersports Interior

The cabin of the 2018 Bentley Continental Supersports has
received just minor changes. The automaker has however hooked
up the model with unique upholstery. It features exclusive
tri-tone upholstery on the seats that comes in white, black and
red. This is the first time Bentley has used such a design on
the Continental GT. On the other hand, the center section
features Alcantara contrasted with red diamond quilting. The
side bolsters are dressed in red leather.

To extend the tri-zone color trim, the dash and the door panels
have a white trim, while the floor mats feature bright-red
edges.

The cabin also features checkered carbon-fiber panels on the
dash that flank the center stack. You will also love the
model’s bespoke steering wheel that features a red 12-o’clock
stripe. The shifter has Alcantara inserts. If you don’t find
the carbon-fiber finish on the dash appealing, there is an
option for 10 veneers and finishes to choose from. More options
are available if you take your Supersports to the automaker’s
Mulliner division for customization.

The X-specification package adds a carbon-fiber finish on the
interior side panels while the convertible comes with a neck
warmer that makes driving on the open quite comfortable even in
spring or autumn weather.

Engine Specs and performance

Under the hood of the 2018 Bentley Continental Supersports is a
fire breathing monster. It is a 6.0 L, twin-turbocharged 6.0 L,
W-12 that churns out 700 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque.

This represents a whopping 79 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque power
hike compared to the outgoing model. In fact, the 2018
Continental Supersports is now the most powerful Continental GT
ever. With that amount of juice, the Supersports needs only 3.4
seconds to dash from 0-60 mph making it also the fastest
Continental GT ever built. The automaker has also increased the
model’s top speed to 209 mph, the most the automaker has
offered on a production model. The convertible takes 3 tenths
of a second more to make the same run and has a top speed of
205 mph.

The power hike is courtesy of the model’s high-capacity
turbocharger along with a modified charge-air cooling system.
The model also features a new main as well as conrod bearing.
The engine is also combined with a titanium exhaust system that
is 11 pounds lighter. Stopping power comes from new,
high-performance, carbon-ceramic brake discs with an enhanced
cooling system. According to the automaker, these are the
largest brake discs of their type.

Price and release date

Bentley is still keeping the price of the 2018 Continental
Supersports close to its chest. Being the top-ranking model of
the Continental GT lineup, expect the model to be more
expensive than the current GT Speed, which has a starting price
of $240,300. I think a starting price of around $300,000 is a
good guess for the coupe while the drop-top may fetch in excess
of $320,000. The models will be available in late 2017 or early
2018.

 

Competition

Top rivals of the 2018 Continental GT Supersports will be the
Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe and the Ferrari
F12 Berlinetta.