The car maker has redeveloped its W12 engine for the Supersports, giving the model higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised air-cooling system to create more boost - the result is an increase of 125bhp over the standard W12-powered Continental GT.
These revisions also mean an increase of 79bhp and 160lb ft over the 2009 Supersports model, a 10% power-to-weight improvement. Top speed has risen by 5mph and 0-60mph by 0.2secs.
It's also faster than both the hardcore GT3-R, launched in 2014, and the 635bhp Continental GT Speed.
The new Supersports variants use an updated torque converter, which, Bentley claims, locks up faster, optimising the abilities of the torque.
Carbon ceramic brakes are fitted behind lightweight 21-inch alloy wheels, which offer a 20kg weight saving in unsprung mass. Overall, the new Supersports is the lightest version of any Continental GT model yet produced.
Bentley has also focused on handling using an updated version of the torque vectoring system first seen on the Continental GT3-R, allowing individual front and rear wheel braking during acceleration out of corners to improve performance. The Supersports retains the rear-biased 60:40 torque split of the company’s all-wheel-drive system, but features lowered and stiffened dynamic suspension. Bentley says it retains “all of its luxurious ride quality”.
There are exterior tweaks for the range-topping Continental GT, including new front and rear bumpers, gloss-black tailpipe, dark-tint lights as well as black brightware.
The coupe version has an optional rear spoiler and Supersports badging, while the convertible gets a multi-layer hood and neckwarmer.
The car’s interior uses three colours, there’s are a new diamond-quilted design for seats and door panels and carbonfibre fascia panels.