2017 Bentley Continental GT Supersports : Geneva Motor Show Highlights

When I first saw this new Bentley, the sheer amount of amazing stats about the car thrown at me really made me sit up and take note.

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700 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of torque. A 6 liter W 12 twin turbo engine. 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 209 mph. Sorry, are we trying to put this Bentley into orbit?

Simply put, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Supersports is the fastest and most powerful Bentley ever made. It is the fastest 4 seater coupe in the world, and it’s convertible version is the fastest 4 seater convertible in the world. 

Impressive? I’d say so.

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Bentley have revised the engine intake and exhaust systems for the Supersports. The chassis ride height is 10 mm lower compared to the standard Continental GT. The anti roll bars and springs are stiffer as well. Transmission options aren’t any different however, as the Supersports features the same ZF eight speed automatic that exists for all Continental GTs.

The increase in power output coupled with the new bumpers and the rear spoilers have been an attempt at making the new Supersports more of an aggressive beast, and not just the calm grand tourer gentleman beast.

Although it is 40 kgs lighter than the Speed, the Supersports is still a big boy at 2,280 kgs. The fact that it does 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds carrying that weight is a testament to how incredible its W12 engine really is. 

Okay, so it’s got insane power but what’s it like in the corners?

Because it weighs more than most government buildings and the fact that they’re pushing it to be an aggressive sportscar, the ride quality of the Supersports has to be brought into question right away. Now obviously I haven’t been given a road test, so I’ve had to read about it and shall report here what I can make of it.

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It would appear that the Supersports isn’t half bad around corners, the known weak spot of any Continental.

“Despite it’s enormous ceramic brake discs, you have to be conservative with your braking and overstop the car before turning in”, reported Autocar, “Do it Bentley’s way, slow in to the corner and fast out – then it all makes sense.” The torque vectoring system reportedly does work best driving away from the corner.

However..

Let’s be honest. The Bentley Continental has never really been a true sports car. So even when you’re giving it mammoth power and selling it as a super sports car with an aggressive super car exterior, it’s still hard for me to think of it as anything but a grand tourer.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love the Bentley Continental as a Grand Tourer, one of my favourites. It only gets better given it’s immense power.

If I’m looking for a fast Grand Tourer, I wouldn’t look at anything but this car – the 2017 Bentley Continental GT Supersports. But if I’m paying £212,500 for a supercar, I’d rather spend my money on a car that was designed to be and is a supercar through and through instead of buying a perfect GT car that is trying to be a supercar.

(Feature image courtesy : Auto Express)

– Aditya Bhat.

 

 

 

 

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