Fastest and most powerful Bentley tested; plus first drive and pictures
29 January 2010

Autocar has driven the Bentley Continental Supersports - and you can watch the video here.

The Supersports is not only the fastest and most powerful Bentley ever, it is also the greenest. It has been engineered to produce its 621bhp whether burning E85 or pure pump petrol, or any combination of the two.

Watch the Bentley Continental Supersports video here

You can read Steve Cropley’s first drive of the car by clicking on the link below.

First drive: Bentley Continental Supersports

We’ve also assembled all the best pictures from Cropley’s first drive to bring you a stunning hi-res picture gallery of the 621bhp luxury coupe.

See the hi-res Bentley Continental Supersports picture gallery

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2 October 2009

I love it. Except for the huge toothless grin, like a vampire that's had its fangs extracted. And the back to black wheels. Oh and the lack of rear seating especially in this size and weight of car, totally dumb.

2 October 2009

It's quite ugly... but I would rather have one of these in a convertible shape than a Ferrari convertible...

3 October 2009

Even though a person writing or commenting purely on the basis of pictures would almost never be able to capture the complete essence of the object being scrutinized, but as a person writing from afar and interested in the medium, there just isn't another option available right now.

Purely on the basis of pictures, I have, since the very release of this particular line up, found this design and its derivatives to be if not stunning then just amazing; that feeling has been enhanced by the truly impressive figures associated with this car. Considering the size of this particular machine, all the things that it can do, from acceleration to agility and then comfort of course, it truly is amazing.

As far as design is concerned, though marvelous it still is, I believe it can be improved in a few ways, of course if the stuff I believe can be improved does not play an important role aerodynamics of the car. As far as furnishing the cues are concerned, people at Bentley would either have to nick them or hire me.

29 January 2010

its absolutely stunning had the pleasure of a gt speed and that was awesome i can only imagine what this would be like!

29 January 2010

[quote Topkat]It's quite ugly... [/quote]

Agree another rather ugly VWentley here. The white doesn't do it any favours though, needs a good gunmetal metallic...

29 January 2010

I don't see the point of this car for several reasons:

1. It loses some of it's nature as a GT by deleting the rear seats: GTs differentiate themselves from sports cars by being more usable and comfortable; long-distance runners vs. sprinters (sports cars).

2. Little merit in the weight loss and power gains: Proper weight loss comes from aluminium, cf and magnesium components (suspension, doors, boot and bonnet, etc), lightweight seats and the like. Bentley took the easy route by deleting useful elements like the seats or adding the already available carbon brakes as a "weight loss". The power gain is minimal, more due to the higher energy content of ethanol than to anything else. Now, improving the breathing (intake and exhaust) or adding boost would surely have made a true improvement.

3. The ecological argument is pathetic: Any engine can be -very slightly- reengineered to use ethanol mix (in Brazil just about any car can use it), but the real challenge is lowering friction, introducing direct injection and adding measures such as cylinder deactivation, stop-start, regenerative braking and the like. This car has none. Please Bentley, don't try to sell us an E85 conversion for ecology, that's PR BS.

4. It looks like it's been VXRized. I find it quite vulgar.

Finally, Making a sumo wrestler loose 15kg won't make him a lithe, agile kung-fu fighter. It's still well over 2 tons. I've driven a GT Speed (hard) and it's an impressive piece of kit, very fast DESPITE the mass, but don't confuse it with a lithe, agile, infinitely more playful sports car which is what Bentley is trying to make us believe.

Gentlemen, just stick to making the best GTs in the world, and bring us the -much improved- new generation already!

29 January 2010

[quote Ektor]

3. The ecological argument is pathetic: Any engine can be -very slightly- reengineered to use ethanol mix (in Brazil just about any car can use it), but the real challenge is lowering friction, introducing direct injection and adding measures such as cylinder deactivation, stop-start, regenerative braking and the like. This car has none. Please Bentley, don't try to sell us an E85 conversion for ecology, that's PR BS.

Spot on ! Agree completely - this sort of fiddling the figures could give the whole car industry a bad name and undermines a lot of good work done by other marques.

4. It looks like it's been VXRized. I find it quite vulgar.

So I do I. I find all Continentals vulgar. Personal opinion i know but to me they are a bit nasty, a bit bling. Like a solid gold watch encrusted in diamonds - expensive but no style.

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31 January 2010

[quote Ektor]4. It looks like it's been VXRized. I find it quite vulgar. [/quote] and what is wrong with that? i'm glad the days of box like bentleys with crap wheels have gone! not liking cars with huge bodykits is a sign of getting old lol

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