C O N T I N E N TA L S U P E R S P O R T S
E X T R E M E B E N T L E Y.
The new Bentley is a
extreme power with
technology. A muscular
distinctive exterior and
interior styling that is
unmistakably Bentley in
its design, craftsmanship
and performance. This
is a car created through
the continuing desire
to reach new limits.
This is the Continental
“ I T H A D TO B E T H E Q U I C K E S T,
M O S T P O W E R F U L B E N T L E Y E V E R .”
Paul Edwards, Senior Engineer
Supersports began as an
under the radar project
exploring the possibilities
of reducing weight to
realise the full potential
of the car’s already
formidable W12 power
unit. Through customer
research we knew there
was a desire for an
even more extreme
but authentic Bentley.
The project gathered
challenge increased by
the fact that this was
now to be the first in
Bentley’s new generation
of vehicles harnessing
A demanding target
for a weight reduction
of 110kg (243 lb) was
set and reached by
looking at the car from
every conceivable angle,
carpets still deeply
luxurious but lighter.
key with every
to perform at up to
Right down to the
restyled mirror which
meets new legislation,
is more aerodynamic
and decreases wind
noise at high speed.
A gruelling schedule of
testing took the car to
extremes in temperature,
altitude, endurance and
handling as it was pushed
to breaking point on
a series of punishing
The project resulted
in a car re-engineered,
re-tuned and re-mapped
to achieve phenomenal
0-60mph in 3.7 seconds
(0-100km/h 3.9 seconds).
800Nm (590 Ib ft)
@ 1700 to 5600rpm.
The fastest, most
powerful Bentley ever.
C H A N G I N G T H E WAY O U R C A R S A R E P O W E R E D,
N OT T H E WAY T H E Y P E R F O R M .
At the 2008 Geneva Auto Salon, Bentley announced a
far-reaching environmental programme to reduce CO2
emissions and improve fuel economy across the Bentley
range. A continuation of our commitment to minimise
impact both locally and globally.
Stage one of the strategy, ‘Efficiency’, will cut tailpipe
emissions and fuel consumption by 15 per cent by 2012.
This will be achieved through reduced weight and a number
of engine enhancements. The second, more fundamental
stage, is to make the entire Bentley fleet capable of running
on renewable fuel through the introduction of FlexFuel
technology; where engines are capable of running seamlessly
on bioethanol, gasoline or a mix of the two. These will be
introduced progressively throughout the Bentley range.
At the same time we declared that this would be achieved
without sacrificing Bentley’s reputation for performance
and luxury. This statement of intent has taken shape in
the Continental Supersports. A car that balances extreme
potency with pioneering use of biofuel technology in the
luxury sector. The result is our fastest, most powerful
Bentley ever and our most efficient. A car capable of
reducing net CO2 by up to 70% on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis.
Either bioethanol or gasoline can be used to power
the Continental Supersports. Bioethanol is often
blended with gasoline in a variety of percentages
ranging from E10 (10% bioethanol) to the most
widely known, E85, blended at a ratio of 85%
bioethanol to 15% gasoline. Bioethanol E85 can offer
up to 70% net CO2 reduction on a ‘well-to-wheel’
basis – the measurement of CO2 release of a fuel
from its production (‘well’) to its combustion or
C R E AT I N G A N U N B R O K E N E N E R G Y C Y C L E .
Bioethanol can be responsibly derived from crops
such as corn, soybeans, sugar and switchgrass. Second
generation bioethanol uses the non-food fibres of
the plant (biomass), as well as agricultural waste and
forestry residues. These would be collected and
refined into cellulose ethanol then blended with
gasoline to power biofuel vehicles.
CO2 is absorbed by plants as part of the
photosynthesis process and cars using biofuel then
release that CO2 back into the atmosphere, thus
creating an unbroken energy cycle.
In addition, biofuels are not derived from fossil fuels,
making them a renewable resource ensuring a secure
supply into the future.
Crewe engineers have
equipped the W12,
6-litre power unit of the
with the technology to
run on gasoline or a mix
of gasoline and bioethanol,
all in one fuel tank.
A sensor in the fuel supply
circuit detects the blending
ratio of the fuel in real time
sending a signal to the Engine
Control Unit. The unit then
instantly initiates the correct
engine mapping to ensure
all performance parameters
remain totally balanced and
consistent. Power, torque and
emissions remain at constant
levels whatever the ratio of
gasoline to bioethanol.
“ T H E S Y S T E M B A L A N C E S L OW E R E M I S S I O N S
W I T H A P U R E B E N T L E Y D R I V I N G E X P E R I E N C E .”
Brian Gush, Director, Powertrain and Chassis
“PURPOSEFUL STYLING BORN OF
H I G H - P E R F O R M A N C E E N G I N E E R I N G TA R G E T S .”
Raul Pires, Head of Exterior Design
“This is design born from need and purpose. The dramatic
vertical front intakes create an aggressive look attracting
your eyes to the corners for a wider, lower stance whilst
drawing in air to feed the chargecoolers behind. The bonnet
vents add distinctive style and remove any hot air above
the engine. The styling changes also helped to increase
downforce at the front which we balanced by adding a new
rear lip spoiler on the aerofoil with a 6mm (0.2 in) raised
rear edge for increased downforce at the back.
Remarkably, we achieved this without increasing drag.
The new flared rear, with its track increased by 50mm
(2.0 in), helps with traction and the shift in power ratio
to the back, but emotionally it creates a classic wide, low,
muscular look. From 50 metres behind on a motorway,
in the dark you will just know that this is the Supersports.
As you get closer you’ll hear that ‘hairs on the back of
your neck’ note from the wider tail pipes. This is the car
the Continental was born to be.”
TO R E D E F I N E T H E S U P E R C A R
WE EVEN REINVENTED THE WHEEL.
The Continental Supersports represents a perfect
relationship between engineering and design with the
enhanced iconic GT looks reflecting and heightening
the supercar performance. A collaboration strikingly
embodied by the 10-spoke alloy sports wheels.
Through continuous dialogue, analysis and refinement, the
optimum design was realised. Fewer and slimmer spokes
helping to contribute towards vital weight reduction
targets enabling our fastest, most agile Bentley ever.
The more open styling creating a sporting and functional
look. A design that also aids airflow and the cooling of
the largest brakes in the world on a production car.
This meeting of style and substance also led to the
creation of a unique smoked steel finish using a complex
and time consuming process, normally the reserve of
industrial tools and high-end jewellery. A darker, more
solid appearance which is taken around the car, from
inside the lamps up to the tail pipes.
C O N T E M P O R A RY A N D T R A D I T I O N A L
M AT E R I A L S B L E N D E D B Y B E N T L E Y
C R A F T S M A N S H I P, U N I T E D I N O N E G O A L :
A H I G H LY F O C U S E D D R I V E .
The two-seater cockpit is a complete and dramatic
interpretation of Bentley design that signals the
most driver-centred car we have ever built.
C R E AT E D TOTA L LY A R O U N D T H E D R I V I N G E X P E R I E N C E .
The new, rapid and instinctive quickshift system
maximises the enormous potential of the
Continental. Delivering double downshifts and
improved acceleration across the entire gear
range, it helps propel the aerodynamic form to
60mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100km/h 3.9 seconds).
An experience intensified by the 40:60 front to
rear power ratio creating the sensation of being
catapulted, pushing the driver against the slim,
race-style seats. A feeling enriched by the satisfying
sound of the intense growl of the exhaust note.
Extreme performance is matched by precise
handling. An array of revisions creating improved
steering and responsiveness, greater agility and
outstanding high-speed body control on the most
demanding roads. With the added confidence of
all-wheel drive and greater traction through the
wider rear track.
Design and engineering creating a unique drive.
Pure, undiluted adrenaline.
WHY STRIVING FOR 65%
I S T H E O P T I M U M G OA L .
The interior of the Continental Supersports
provides a showcase for the skills of the craftsmen
and women of Crewe. Signature premium grade
leather and brightware are united perfectly with
carbon fibre and Alcantara,™ adding style but also
reducing weight to help increase the vehicle’s agility.
Contemporary, sports-orientated materials treated
in unique and typically Bentley ways.
Rather than opting for a more conventional high
gloss finish to our carbon fibre we pursued a 65%
A difficult and painstaking process resulting in a
more individual, understated look contrasting with
the gleaming Bentley chrome.
The Alcantara™ throughout the cabin features
diamond quilting and contrast stitching with a
closer and more intricate pattern inspired by
designs from our bloodline. It also provides extra
grip for high-speed handling. While the new soft
grip leather on the gearstick and steering wheel
provides a firmer hold for performance driving.
A different approach. 100% Bentley.
W O O L F B A R N ATO.
B E N T L E Y B OY.
3 TIMES WINNER OF LE MANS.
DRIVER OF A SUPERSPORTS.
Woolf Barnato’s racing
pedigree included three
consecutive wins at Le
Mans from 1928 to 1930.
Two consecutive wins
at Brooklands. Together
with his legendary victory
racing Le Train Bleu in a
61/2-litre Bentley Speed
Six. The first ever Bentley
he bought was a 1925
A two-seater race-bred
version of the 3-litre
model delivering 85bhp
when more ordinary cars
were equipped with a
modest 15bhp. It was also
the first production car
to reach 100mph.
His passion for extreme
performance led him
instinctively to Bentley.
Our passion for reaching
new levels of potency
has taken us to the new
For further information please either contact your dealer,
visit www.BentleyContinentalSupersports.com or call from:
0808 100 5200
+1 800 777 6923
Continental Europe: +49 (0) 1805 BENTLEY (2368539)
080 767 1919
0120 97 7797
The rest of the world: +44 (0) 1270 535032
Model illustrated: Continental Supersports. Exterior: Ice.
Interior: Hotspur and Beluga leather hides.
Alcantara™ is a registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A.
BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED, PYMS LANE, CREWE, CHESHIRE CW1 3PL, ENGLAND.
The model presented in this brochure is subject to further development and the specification may change. The illustrations may show items
of optional equipment which do not form part of the standard specification. Your Bentley dealer will always have the latest information.
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