2017 Bentley Continental Supersports unveiled

Bentley has begun the new year by launching the most powerful car it has ever produced. The Continental Supersports, which revives a nameplate that last appeared in 2009, will be available in either coupé or convertible form.

Thanks to upgraded turbochargers and changes to the charge-air cooling, output from the 6.0 litre W12 engine is up to 700 bhp (522 kW / 710 PS). Similarly, peak torque has been raised to 1,017 Nm (750 lb/ft).

Bentley Continental Supersports (2017) Front Side

An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, rear-biased all-wheel drive and a bespoke torque-vectoring system complete the drivetrain.

The result is a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.5 seconds and a 209 mph (336 km/h) top speed. By comparison, the slightly slower drop-top version records 3.9 seconds and 205 mph (330 km/h) respectively.

Bentley Continental Supersports (2017) Interior

Bentley has enhanced the car's chassis, too. As well as a stiffer suspension set-up that incorporates continuously variable damping, the Continental Supersports features carbon ceramic brakes with extra cooling. Also fitted are lightweight 21” forged alloy wheels.

Unique bumpers, sill extensions, gloss black front-wing vents and dark-tint lights provide some visual interest. Furthermore, the front splitter, rear diffuser and bonnet vents are all made from carbon fibre.

Bentley Continental Supersports (2017) Rear Side

For those customers seeking a less genteel look, a boot lid spoiler and the 'X Specification' pack are among the options being offered. The latter adds more carbon fibre, black rims, a titanium exhaust and a choice of eight two-tone colour schemes.

Deliveries are due to begin in the spring. The coupĂ© costs £212,500, while the convertible has a £233,800 starting price.

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