Bentley makes

world's fastest

four-seater

Bentley Continental Supersports, 2017, front
Bentley Continental Supersports, 2017, nose
Bentley Continental Supersports, 2017, side
Bentley Continental Supersports, 2017, interior
Bentley Continental Supersports, 2017, rear
Bentley Continental Supersports, 2017, dashboard

BENTLEY has revealed its fastest and most powerful four-seat luxury motor ever in the shape of the 209mph Continental Supersports which can hit 60mph in just 3.4 seconds.

And there is an open-top on the way too which is no slouch either with a top speed of 205mph and a sprint time from standstill of just 3.7 seconds.

That joins the high performance club as world's fastest four-seat convertible.

Power for the new models comes from Bentley's mighty 700bhp W12 engine redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware.

The cars also have a torque vectoring system to maximise traction.

Key to the new Supersports' power increase over the outgoing model are the newly designed, higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised charge-air cooling system which create more boost and additional power.

The engine revisions result in an increase of 79bhp from the 2009 Supersports model - a 10 per cent power-to-weight improvement. The top speed rises by five miles per hour and CO2 emissions come in at 358g/km.

Fuel consumption is expected to be no more than 18mpg on a combined run.

To increase stopping power the new Supersports is fitted with high-performance carbon ceramic brakes - the largest of their type fitted to any car so far.

Bentley says the performance of the Continental Supersports is matched by an upgraded handling system with a specifically calibrated version of the torque vectoring system first introduced on the Continental GT3-R.

The Continental Supersports retains the Bentley all-wheel-drive system, sending 60 per cent of the engine's power to the rear wheels for a more balanced and sportier character.

As far as exterior design goes the Supersports comes with a new sculpted front and rear bumper design incorporating a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser, new side sill extensions and bonnet vents, dark-tint headlamps and tail-lamps, and a complement of black-finished brightware to the front grilles, lights, rear bumper, door handles and window surrounds.

There is also an optional rear spoiler and front splitter.

The new Supersports Convertible comes with a multi-layer hood and a neck warmer for days out in early spring and autumn.

Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: "The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley.

"From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 - and now with the third iteration of this iconic model - it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way."

The new Bentley goes on sale later this year and can be expected at a price pushing close to £200,000.

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