Bentley Continental GT Supersports 6.0 Review
Continental Shift

Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang
13 Jun 2010
 

Bentley shifts into hardcore sport mode with the Continental Supersports.

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While Bentley is more well known to be a maker of large luxury limos and coupes in modern times, the English manufacturer actually has a strong sporting heritage that dates back to the 1920s. The brand has won the most famous race in the world, the Le Mans 24 hours no less than five times, the last of which was in 2003 with the Speed 8.

It's no surprise that it was a matter of time before Bentley turns on the sporting wick for one of its models. The brand first did that a couple of years back when it added the ‘Speed' moniker and extra horsepower to the Continental GT. But there were circles within Bentley that obviously thought that the GT Speed wasn't sporty or hardcore enough and they've developed the car you see here - the Continental Supersports.

The Supersports is not only the sportiest Continental model but according to Bentley, it's most hardcore and extreme model yet. Not forgetting that it is the most powerful and fastest model Crewe has ever produced as well. Before you ask why Bentley named its most extreme model after a TV channel, the name Supersports is inspired by the original two-seater 3-litre Supersports model introduced in 1925. The lightweight Supersports was the first production Bentley to reach 100mph and was also renowned for the application of Le Mans-winning race technology.

On the outside, you can immediately spot a Supersports from lesser Continental GT models thanks to features like the gaping air intakes on the new front bumper, slits on the bonnet for engine cooling, flared rear fenders that hide wider rear tracks as well as a unique dark-smoked steel finish to all exterior ‘bright ware', including the front grille, headlamp bezels, window surrounds and wheels.

While a standard Continental GT looks elegant and gentlemanly, the hardcore Supersports has a more purposeful and aggressive stance, a bit like a rebellious rock star in a Savile Row suit.

 

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 5998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 12
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Power 621bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 800Nm @ 1700rpm
Power to Weight 250.1 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 3.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 329 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 6.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FR

Measurements

Body Type Supercar
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4804 x 1965 x ) mm
Wheelbase 2745 mm
Kerb Weight 2483 kg
Boot Capacity 370 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 90 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs