So there you are, driving home to your expansive, yet somehow fitting, estate on 10 Mammon Lane, and you think to yourself, “Self, I need a new car. A ride that says ‘Look at how filthy rich I am!’ What kind of car is that?”
The answer is easy: The new for 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible
The newest addition to the Continental model range features a very healthy 621-horsepower, from a twin-turbocharged W12 engine that is capable of running on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol, making it both powerful and environmentally conscious. Not to mention helping with the overall snootiness factor, and your own sense of self worth.
Price? Starting from a mere $280,400, the new four-seat Supersports Convertible arrives at Bentley retailers this summer. Its interior “signifies a dramatic re-interpretation of Bentley luxury. Satin-finished carbon fiber, Alcantara and ‘Soft Grip’ leather create a unique ambiance with a distinctly sporting and contemporary style.”
“The new Supersports Convertible is the most powerful drop-top we’ve ever produced. This extreme power combines with pioneering FlexFuel technology, now shared with all Continental models, reflecting Bentley’s ongoing commitment to more environmental motoring,” said Christophe Georges, President & Chief Operating Officer for Bentley Motors, Inc.
“The ‘extreme’ Bentley stable now has a new occupant in the form of the Supersports Convertible,” said Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board, Engineering. “It is a car every bit as purposeful and potent as the Coupé but with the panache of roof-down motoring.”
The New Continental Supersports Convertible is the fastest, most potent drop-top Bentley ever, thanks to that 6-liter W12 engine. With the twin-turbocharger up on full boil, the engine produces 621bhp at 6,000 rev/min and 590lb ft of torque at 2,000-4,500 rev/min. Good enough to get you from 0 – 60mph in 3.9 seconds and from 0 -100mph in 9.6 seconds. Top speed? A not too shabby 202mph.
There is a revised ZF 6HP26 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by 50 percent and enables double downshifts. And the New Continental Supersports Convertible’s all wheel drive system has a new 40/60 rear-biased torque split for reduced understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering’
There is also a retuned Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system, stiffer suspension bushes and uprated rear anti-roll bar benefit body control, steering response, turn-in and balance.
There are new, lightweight, 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels offer 22 lbs weight saving per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass and improving brake cooling. The wheels come wrapped in 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires. There are also standard carbon-ceramic brakes provide fade-free braking and contribute a 44 lb reduction in rotating and unsprung mass from the front axle