What is it?
The same formula successfully applied to the Bentley Continental GT to turn it into the Supersports has now been applied to the soft-top. Which means, more power, less weight and a host of technical and cosmetic improvements, all of which now make it the fastest open-top Bentley in history.
And, theoretically at least, the sort of Bentley that you may wish to hurtle around a track in. Or more likely just be happy in the knowledge that you could if you wanted to.
Just like the Coupe version in fact, with the one key difference that you can take three friends with you. The hard-top version does without rear seats, a weight saving which Bentley has sensibly ignored in the cloth-top. That said, it’s still got a useful 90kgs less lard, even if it remains very much the wrong side of two tonnes.
At least there’s plenty of shove to haul that mass around: the W12 now puts out 621bhp and 590lb ft of torque which is enough to spirit it to 202mph.
The myriad chassis changes include a reprogrammed four-wheel drive system so that 60 per cent of torque is now sent to the rear wheels in normal driving conditions. The electronic dampers have been reprogrammed, and the anti-rear roll roll has been beefed up. There’s also a wider track. All of which promises the same sharper, more spirited drive that we’ve already experienced in the coupe.