What is it?
Earlier this year, four times WRC champion Juha Kankkunen drove a Bentley Continental Supersports at 205mph on a frozen stretch of the Baltic Sea. Bentley is producing 100 of these catchily titled Bentley Continental Supersports Ice Speed Record, or ‘ISR’, cars in celebration of the Guinness World Record he recorded.
The ISR is many things: at £189,550 it is the most expensive Continental yet produced, and thanks to the 631bhp torrent of power from of its six-litre twin turbo, 12 cylinder motor, it’s also the most powerful Bentley in the company’s 92 year history. Moreover it hits 60mph in 3.8sec which means it is also the most accelerative convertible ever to wear the wings.
To make sure you don’t mistake it for the common-or-garden standard convertible Supersports, the ISR has what even Bentley describes as ‘dramatically extrovert’ styling. On the outside that means black or white paint, and a grey metallic finish to its roof.
Inside, the cabin is dominated by slabs of red carbon fibre with red piping or stitching on the seats, doors, steering wheel and the paddle shifts. Even the Breitling clock has turned red. Meanwhile Alcantara replaces leather on the doors and parts of the seats. Completing the £7450 upgrade package is the new touchscreen navigation system from new generation of Continental GT.