Crossing the 700 horsepower mark was previously the preserve of bonkers supercars such as the Ferrari F12 or Lamborghini Aventador. Now, Bentley has joined this rarefied group with perhaps the most useable car in this segment. The Continental Supersports is designed to be a four-seat grand tourer that promises luggage space for a weekend road trip and everyday usability.
When the opportunity presents itself, this Bentley will also be capable of despatching the sprint to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of 336km/h or 209mph in old money. At its heart, beats a 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbocharged unit capable of making 710hp. This was deliberately done so even its classic brake horsepower output begins with a big fat ‘7’.
To handle 1,017 Nm of torque, a new torque convertor was required for the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox that feeds this power to all-four wheels. To complement the increase in power and performance, Bentley has done the responsible thing by fitting high-performance ceramic brakes, which are the biggest of their kind at 420mm across for the front discs and reside behind 21-inch forged alloy wheels that reduce unsprung mass by 20kg. A further 5kg is shaved off thanks to a new lightweight titanium exhaust system to help make this car the lightest Bentley Continental ever at 2,280kg.
This is hardly Lotus territory’ but it still imbues the Supersports with a healthy power to weight ratio of 311hp/ton. Besides the permanent four-wheel drive system, the car’s handling is augmented by an updated torque vectoring system that was first seen on the Continental GT3-R. Inside, the Supersports is still luxuriously appointed as Bentley customers have come to expect from a ‘pinnacle’ grand tourer.