2010 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

23 Feb 2010 | 2,297 views | No Comment
Just when you think Bentley’s done it all for the model year, what with the new Mulsanne, they pull a fast one -- and we do mean a fast one. Make that a stupefyingly fast one. Does 3.9 seconds to 60 intrigue you? Topspeed is 202 miles per hour. We’re talking about the all-new Continental Supersports Convertible with a 621 horsepower W12 twin turbocharged engine. The line forms to the left. No pushing. But one does have to be responsible, you know, and though your mind may be blown by those numbers, wrap your brain around this: This car also happens to be environmentally responsible. It can run on either ethanol or gasoline, or any combination of the two, and it’s the latest evidence of Bentley’s commitment to produce bio-fuel compatible automobiles all across the lineup by 2012. In case you‘re wondering, there‘s a bit of history, too, in this car‘s name. The inspiration for the ‘Supersports’ name is the 1925 Bentley Supersports, a race-bred version of the iconic Bentley 3-litre, that delivered 85bhp when more ordinary cars were equipped with a modest 15bhp. It was also the first production car to reach 100 mph. FlexFuel technology makes it possible to “reduce CO2 emissions by up to 70  percent net emissions on a ‘well to wheel’ basis, calculated by adding the CO2 emitted during the extraction and refining process (the ‘well’) with the CO2 released when the fuel is burnt during motoring (the ‘wheel’),” a Bentley press release says. But the all-wheel drive Supersports Convertible has dozens of far sexier reasons for you to want one. It has a blacked out grille which ought to scare the living daylights out of the poor soul who sees it in the rear view mirror as they are about to be blown away, as well as aggressive air intakes up front that seem to scream “Move over. Now.” Just listen to Bentley rhapsodize about its new baby: “ From the front, the radiator, lower grille and dual bonnet vents are finished in a striking Smoked Steel finish. Derived from an innovative technology normally used to apply a coating to luxury watches and specialized industrial tools, Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) is a complex and time-consuming process that involves vaporized metal being deposited onto the surface of, in this case, stainless steel.” The release adds, “Giving a darker, more solid appearance, it is the first use of a PVD finish on stainless steel in the car industry. In addition to the Smoked Steel finishes, a gloss black finish to the headlamp casings and rear lamp clusters gives the Supersports convertible’s distinctive face and muscular rear additional visual impact.  Restyled – and more aerodynamic – door mirrors match the exterior paint choice and the window and door surrounds replace polished stainless steel with a Smoked Steel finish to match the front grille. Eye-catching, black gloss Bentley-branded brake calipers act on the carbon ceramic brakes. Surrounding the brakes are the unique 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with Smoked Steel-finish which are exclusive to Supersports models. Large diameter tailpipe trims round out the car’s purposeful stance when viewed from the rear. Beneath the bonnet, Supersports badges grace the cover of the 630PS (621bhp) W12 engine.” The interior features lightweight carbon fiber sports seats, and unique “Alcantara  and “soft grip“ leather throughout, and it also features lightweight 20-inch 10 spoke alloy wheels. It goes on sale in June, 2010.  We’ll take two, please.

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