2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
The normal Continental has such a recognizable front end—simple, yet elegant—that the second a Supersports comes into view an enthusiast can spot instantly that something is different. New vertical air intakes flank the front air dam, hood louvers shimmer with exhausted heat, and wider hips out back swell to accommodate a larger rear track. It’s all part of a crash engineering program launched by Bentley to cure a few niggling issues with the big coupe: namely, weight. While rooting around in the Bentley’s bits, engineers not only managed to hew more than 200 lbs. from the Continental, they also managed to fit higher-performance goodies like carbon-ceramic brakes. Best of all, a few horsepower were found hiding inside the twin-turbocharged 6-liter W12 (yes, “W”—imagine two narrow-angle Volkswagen Group VR6s joined at the crankshaft), so the Supersports now has 620 horsepower to waft it down the motorway. What should be most impressive is that while the Supersports is still a massive car—solid, comfortable, and undeniably luxurious—those twelve cylinders’ massive thrust can catapult the Supersports to 60 mph in less than four seconds, fast by any measure. And “catapult” is an accurate description—the forward surge of a Supersports would be surprising in a stripped-down sportscar, but coddled in sport seats swathed in fine leather, it’s simply another luxury from a brand that knows that word very well.