Officieel: Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports
Bentley heeft het doek van de Continental Supersports gehaald, met 630 pk de krachtigste en snelste Bentley ooit.

De Bentley Continental Supersports is de snelste en krachtigste Bentley ooit, onder de motorkap vinden we een 6 liter bi-turbo W12-motor die voor een vermogen zorgt van 630 pk en een maximaal koppel van 800 Nm heeft. De wagen kan daarenboven op E85 biobrandstof rijden en is daarom “ecologisch”. De sprint van 0 naar 100 km/u is voorbij in 3,9 seconden en de topsnelheid ligt op 329 km/u.

De Continental Supersports is een stuk lichter dan de Continental GT Speed, Bentley heeft maar liefst 110 kilogram gewicht bespaard en heeft de Supersports uitgerust met een nieuwe ‘Quickshift’ transmissie die de schakeltijden halveert. Om het geheel nog sportiever te maken is het chassis, de sturing en de ophanging aangepast en werd een anti-roll bar geïnstalleerd.

De Contintental Supersports heeft een 40:60 verhouding wat de aandrijving betreft, 60 procent van het vermogen gaat dus naar de achterwielen. Die wielen zijn een stuk breder (+50mm) en dankzij de lichtgewicht 20″ velgen en het nieuwe elektronische stabiliteitsprogramma is de wendbaarheid een stuk verbeterd. Aan de voorzijde vallen ook de grotere luchtinlaten in de bumper en de motorkap op, deze zijn nodig om de turbo’s te koelen.

Ook het interieur van de Supersports oogt een stuk sportiever in vergelijking met een ‘standaard’ Continental. Bentley gebruikt vooral carbonvezel en Alcantara leder, deze zorgen niet alleen voor een sportieve look maar tegelijk ook voor een lager gewicht. De Continental Supersports is daarenboven een echte twee-zitter, de achterzetels werden vervangen door een bagagerek.

De Bentley Continental Supersports wordt voorgesteld op het autosalon van Genève waar ook de kostprijs vrijgegeven zal worden.

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

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Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS18 February, 2009
The Continental Supersports is the fastest, most powerful Bentley ever with 630PS (621 bhp) 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) and a 204 mph (329 km/h) top speed.
The Supersports reaffirms Bentley’s environmental commitment with the launch of its first FlexFuel performance car.
The Supersports combines the looks of the iconic GT with a distinctive style that reflects its supercar character.
The Supersports is the extreme Bentley delivering a highly focused driving experience – a muscular two-seater that is 110 kg lighter than the Continental GT Speed.

Introduction

(Bentley Motors, Crewe. 25 February 2009). The Continental Supersports is the fastest and most powerful Bentley ever. It is the extreme Bentley, a muscular two-seater that delivers supercar performance and a highly focused driving experience.

The Supersports is also the first Bentley capable of running on both petrol (gasoline) and biofuel, pioneering the use of FlexFuel technology in the luxury sector. This represents stage one of the company’s commitment to make its complete model range compatible with renewable fuels by 2012.

Available worldwide from autumn 2009, the Continental Supersports will be FlexFuel compatible in the majority of markets from launch with North American cars offering the capability by summer 2010, following regulatory approval.

The Continental Supersports began as an ‘under the radar’ project exploring the possibilities of weight reduction on the Continental GT but with more power and torque. A largely experimental process crystallised over a period of 24 months into an official new car programme, driven by the passion and enthusiasm of a small group of Bentley engineers and designers.

The results are dramatic. With 630PS (621 bhp) and new ‘Quickshift’ transmission that halves shift times, the Supersports sets new performance benchmarks for Bentley. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) onto a top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h).

Supercar performance is complemented by an array of chassis enhancements including retuned steering and suspension, utilising lighter weight components, retuned dampers and anti-roll bars.

Agility is further sharpened by the 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system, a wider rear track, bespoke lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels and a unique electronic stability programme.

Carbon ceramic brakes are standard fitment, benefiting steering response, grip and ride comfort, while saving weight. Overall, the engineering team have achieved a weight reduction of 110 kg (243 lb) compared with the Continental GT Speed.

The evolution of the Supersports’ design is very much a case of ‘form following function’ with new purposeful sculptural forms signalling the engineering changes beneath the skin.

For example, the increased power and torque of the W12 engine necessitated additional airflow to the twin turbocharger intercoolers and cooling system. Bentley’s designers responded with a purposeful and dramatic style that features large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents.

Similarly, new flared rear wings that accommodate the 50 mm (2 inches) wider rear track are designed to emphasise the powerful stance of this ultra-high performance coupe. The resultant Supersports style combines the looks of the iconic Continental GT with a new and distinctive appearance that reflects its more extreme character.

The Supersports is further distinguished from its Continental coupe stable mates by a unique dark-smoked steel finish to all exterior ‘brightware’, including front grilles, lamp bezels, window surrounds and wheels. A complex ‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ process is applied to all stainless steel components to give a lustrous and highly durable finish. A car industry first, this process is normally used as a coating on industrial tools, watches and even hip replacement joints.

Fully embracing the extreme spirit of the Supersports, Bentley’s interior designers have created a unique ambience. The cockpit represents a dramatic re-interpretation of Bentley interior design in which carbon fibre and AlcantaraTM not only convey a sporting and contemporary style but also reduce weight.

The Supersports is a strict two-seater featuring all-new lightweight sports seats with carbon fibre clamshell rear panels. In the rear compartment, the seats are replaced by a stowage deck with a carbon fibre luggage retaining beam.

The new interior also provides a showcase for the skills of Bentley’s craftsmen and women at the company’s factory in Crewe, England. Signature premium grade leather and brightware are complemented by carbon fibre panels, replacing traditional wood veneers.

The Continental Supersports is capable of running on either petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two. E85 biofuel can offer a reduction of up to 70 per cent in CO2 emissions on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis.

Well-to-wheel is a measurement of a fuel’s net CO2 contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions. It is a way of quantifying how much CO2 a fuel emits from its growth or extraction (well) to its combustion or deployment (wheel). It includes refinement, distillation and transport of the fuel.

The fuel supply system detects the blending ratio of the fuel in the tank and ensures that power and torque remain constant regardless of the ratio of petrol to biofuel. The result is seamless power delivery in the Bentley tradition.

The ‘Supersports’ name is inspired by the original two-seater 3-litre Supersports model introduced in 1925, itself an evolution of the 3-litre Speed. The lightweight, 85 bhp Supersports was the first production Bentley to reach 100 mph and was also renowned for the application of Le Mans-winning race technology.

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2 reacties op "Officieel: Bentley Continental Supersports"

  1. XliljeezyX 25-02-2009 om 17:05

    Dus eigenlijk is dit de ‘hardcore’ versie van de GT speed?

  2. PJS 25-02-2009 om 17:12

    Inderdaad, dit is de overtreffende trap van de GT Speed.

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