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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bentley Continental Supersports

The details of the new Project Victoria are now released.

The car is the new Bentley Continental Supersports.

From the Press Release:

The fastest most powerful Bentley in the company’s 90-year history

* 6-litre W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine now produces 630PS (621 bhp/463 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm (590 lb ft) of torque at 1700 – 5600 rev/min
* 0 – 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds)
* 0 -100 mph (0-160 km/h) in 8.9 seconds
* 50 – 70 mph in 2.1 seconds
* 80 – 120 km/h in 2.6 seconds
* Top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h)

Continental Supersports reaffirms Bentley’s environmental commitment by pioneering the use of biofuel in the luxury sector

* Capable of running on petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two
* Power and torque remain constant whatever the ratio of petrol to E85 biofuel
* A Fuel Quality Sensor detects the blending ratio of the fuel in real time sending a signal to the engine control unit (ECU), initiating the correct engine mapping. This ensures all performance parameters remain balanced and consistent.
* Offers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 70% (well-to-wheel), a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions

Continental Supersports is the extreme Bentley, delivering a highly focused driving experience

* Revised ZF 6HP26 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by 50% and enables double downshifts
* New 40/60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering’
* Uprated front suspension with aluminium forward levers, stiffer bushes together with retuned anti roll bar and Servotronic steering for sharper turn-in
* Revised Continuous Damping Control (CDC) for improved body control
* Unique lightweight, 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels offer 10 kg (22 lb) weight saving per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass and improving brake cooling. Increased 25 mm (I inch) offset on rear wheels improves grip and stability
* 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tyres
* Advanced ESP system fully exploits potential of the most powerful W12 engine and improved chassis
* Standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes – the largest and most powerful brakes ever fitted to a production car - contribute 20 kg (44 lb) weight saving
* 110 kg (243 lb) weight saving compared to Continental GT Speed

Continental Supersports combines the looks of the iconic GT with a distinctive style that reflects its supercar character

* Form follows function: distinctive centre air intake and vertical grilles feed larger volume of air (+ 10%) to turbocharger intercoolers while bonnet vents extract hot air from engine bay

* Subtly curved rear wheel arches with newly tooled side panels accommodate increased rear track of the uprated chassis and provide muscular stance
* Distinctive ‘smoked steel finish’ to all exterior ‘brightware’, including the first automotive application of ‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ to stainless steel
* Larger, twin elliptical exhaust tailpipes and rear valance with discreet vertical divider
* 2 new pearlescent and 2 new matt finish colours
* Unique driver-focused, two-seater cabin with lightweight sports seats, giving a 45 kg (99 lb) weight saving

* Rear seats replaced by stowage deck with carbon fibre luggage retaining beam

* AlcantaraTM, carbon fibre and ‘Soft Touch’ leather’ provide a very different interpretation of Bentley craftsmanship with choice of Single Tone and Duo Tone combinations

And were does the 'Supersports' name come from?

This one.

Source (Bentley Media)



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