Bentley Continental Supersport Origins
The Bentley brand is synonymous with speed and luxury. Early models had impressive racing success at Le Mans, earning the brand a spot in the hearts of British sports car enthusiasts. The early years were difficult times, as the company fought through the Great Depression and two World Wars that halted production for years at a time. Currently, Bentley is a well-regarded name amongst the wealthiest and most discerning auto aficionados.
Bentley releases many models under the Continental moniker including the Continental Supersport, Continental GT, Continental GT Speed, and Continental Flying Spur. While the early Continentals date back to the early 1950s, the Continental Supersport was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and production was planned for 2010. Initially, extremely limited production was planned, and though Bentley has followed through with limited models available for subsequent model years, production currently has not ended. The most recent model year is 2012 and Bentley, according to the most recent information, has not announced that the model will be discontinued in the near future.About the Bentley Continental Supersport
The Bentley Continental Supersport pioneered a lot of new ground for Bentley. It is the first flex fuel model, the fastest Bentley in history, making its mark in the Guinness World Records when a slightly modified Supersport convertible reached 205.48 mph in Finland.
These cars are known for extreme power and speed, mixed with true high-end luxury, without compromising in either area.Bentley Continental Supersport Features
The 2012 Bentley Continental Supersport comes in three basic trims: coupe, base convertible and ISR convertible. The base coupe is available with an MSRP of $267,000; the base convertible with an MSRP of $280,400, and the ISR convertible comes in at an MSRP of $291,900. All models are rated 12/19 mpg city/highway, which is relatively impressive considering the high-powered engine and a weight of over 5000 lbs. As with all Bentleys, the engine may be the most impressive feature, which is truly saying something. Base models have a 621-hp, six-liter, W-12 engine; and the upgraded model gets a 631-hp version with the same six-liter W-12. Both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual.
All models are a two-door coupe style. They feature a bold front end with the recognizable grille and logo above rounded, high-intensity, fully automatic headlights. The body is expertly crafted for aerodynamics, either with a hardtop or an automatic retracting roof on the convertible models. Some standard features include carbon-ceramic brakes, power and heated mirrors that incorporate turn signals and auto-dimming technology, faux-suede upholstery and trim, a rear spoiler, a glass rear window, stylish alloy sport 20-inch wheels, four-wheel independent suspension with auto-leveling and speed-sensing steering.
The base model seats two, with the option of two bucket seats added in the second row. The ISR has two rows of bucket seats standard. There are a range of quality materials and finishes standard or available, including high quality leathers and wood trims. Some features include power seats with memory, power locks and windows, tilt and telescoping power steering, and automatic temperature control. It also received a much needed upgrade to its infotainment system with a built-in Bluetooth, high-end 12 or 15 speaker sound system with available remote CD player, iPod interface, DVD-audio, a lifetime satellite radio subscription, and a navigation system with Google Map compatibility and real-time traffic.
Optional features include a power trunk, various two-tone interior color choices, a rearview camera and a 15-speaker Naim premium audio system.
Some available safety features include stability control, roll-over protection, immobilizer, occupant-sensing airbags, traction control, dual front and front-side airbags, brake assist, ABS brakes, and an overhead airbag. Bentley Continental Supersport Evolution
The Bentley Continental Supersport is still in its first generation. The exterior styling has changed little and most of the interior luxury features have remained the same. Convertible models were introduced in 2011 and an available 631-hp model became available in 2012.