By on January 7, 2017

Bentley Continental GT Supersports

Equipped with unnecessary power and pluralization, the 2017 Continental Supersports should be the fastest production Bentley in history — especially considering that it is, unequivocally, the most muscular.

This is the third implementation of the Supersports title by the Anglo-German carmaker. Originally used to denote the ultra-rare high-speed variants of the Bentley 3 Litres in the 1920s, the company reintroduced the name as a leaner and meaner version of the Continental in 2009. At the time, its 621 horsepower twin-turbo W12 made it a sledgehammer wrapped in velvet and the most luxurious super tourer a pile of money could buy. While Bentley seems adverse to updating the styling, it doesn’t seem to have any problems updating powertrains. The 2017 incarnation of the Supersports shaped up to be an elegant monster. 

The new Continental Supersports remains a four-seat coupe and still comes with a six-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine. However, it now gets 700 brake horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque — which is a massive 160 lb-ft increase over the previous version. Running through Bentley’s eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, that power will bring occupants to 60 miles an hour in 3.4 seconds. While that may not touch Porsche 911 Turbo S  — or even a Tesla Model S P90D — this is an extremely well-appointed 5,027 pound luxury coupe.

Bentley Continental GT Supersports

Changes from the last Supersports include suspension updates and an upgraded transmission — the previous car had a six-speed automatic. Bentley also improved the cooling system and brought in higher-capacity turbochargers to generate all of that extra torque. The company from Crewe also claims this Continental makes use of the largest carbon ceramic brake discs in the world.

Going and stopping power can be thrown around to whatever part of the grand tourer needs it most. The stability control system optimizes same rear-biased torque split enjoyed by other Bentleys (40:60), but it will reevaluate the twist allocation anytime the computer senses a loss of traction. Meanwhile, those huge brakes will focus on individual wheels to maintain power when exiting a corner.

At $293,300, this racing yacht couldn’t be considered a bargain. However, it does come in under offerings from Rolls-Royce, and none of their cars can hit 209 mph. Bentley has also decided to provide a $322,600 four-seat convertible option, which has a 0-to-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a 205 mph top speed. Buyer beware if you try to hit that speed with the top retracted and your eyeballs are sucked out of your head. Maybe Bentley will be good enough to furnish convertible owners with bespoke racing helmets.

Bentley Continental GT Supersports

While the face remains very familiar, the Supersports does have new front and rear bumpers. There is also a carbon-fiber splitter, diffuser, hood vents, and gobs of standard black accenting. Of course, since this is Bentley, there are a seemingly endless list of options for personalization. The same goes for the interior. The diamond-quilted design for the Alcantara seats and door panels are standard, though you can have the leather, stitching, and panels in practically any color you could imagine.

The Supersports, which is available in May of 2017, will make its formal debut at the North American International Auto Show on Sunday.

Bentley Continental GT Supersports

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32 Comments on “NAIAS 2017: Bentley’s New Best: The 209 MPH Continental Supersports...”

  • avatar

    293k? Wait 4 years and one with 15,000 miles on it will be on Bring a Trailer for 29.3k.

    • 0 avatar

      duPont Registry says not quite:–supersports

      Seven years old and none have an asking price under $100K (it was $275K new in 2010).

  • avatar

    Can I sue if it only reaches 208mph. Like the seats.

  • avatar

    Well Bentley blow ain’t it a bit low? Spend all that money to have everything else tower ouer youz.

  • avatar

    Phaeton Coupe Hellcat? At least the 7-Series Coupe is called “Wraith”, which is a cooler name.

    $294K is also really close to Mulsanne territory.

  • avatar

    One Volkswagen, that will not get panned on this blog. They also have a much modified VW design Diesel, 4 litres 429hp and 662lbs ft of torque, that will be offered in the SUV

  • avatar

    Glad to know such things exist even if I will never own one.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    The Continental GT, which originated in MY2004, is definitely getting long-in-the-tooth. It’s time for its replacement to show up.

    • 0 avatar

      I see them occasionally where I live, and they are always driven by little old ladies.

      • 0 avatar

        In my area I see a few, occasionally driven by middle aged pretenders or young new-money couples, especially women.

        It may seem strange, but most of the very wealthy people I know (or know of) drive much more modest vehicles, Lexus ES, large GM SUVs, Range Rovers and high-trim pick-up trucks, even though they could easily write a check for a new Rolls Royce.

        • 0 avatar

          In my experience, the sort of people that drive things like Bentleys and Rolls Royces are “short term” wealthy people that are all about flash. And yes I’m painting with a broad brush.

          • 0 avatar

            Not all models, just the flashiest ones. Every automaker knows it has to have that top-of-the-line model, but makes it’s money on a more sedate wealthy class that buys the less ostentatious models.

            Even Cadillac did that in its heyday, but GM knew enough back then to build conservatively styled Buicks on the same large platform, with similar features for nearly the same price.

            The flashy Cadillacs sold to movie stars, the more conservative models went to corporate executives, and the Buicks were driven by doctors, lawyers, and politicians who didn’t want to antagonize their clientele/constituents.

        • 0 avatar

          Exactly right – anything with “Denali” on it or a completely optioned and customized large pickup are what the money rolls here in Alabama. If they brought the Blackwood back I’m sure there would be a customer base for it.

          For a second “fun” vehicle, it’s a Corvette or modded out Mustang, especially if the driver is over age 60.

    • 0 avatar

      I see them everywhere here (hey, it’s Vancouver). You see the old ones here starting to get shittered out or have the usual bevy of crappy mods (gaudy black 22′ wheels, cheap wraps, aftermarket grille inserts) thrown on them by their 3rd or 4th owners.

      These things will always be disposable and dumped after a few years, unlike the Brooklands, Arnage, Mulsanne, etc… They’re a cool car, but they don’t have the presence and elegance of the ‘real’ Bentleys.

    • 0 avatar
      Car Ramrod

      Every car blog managed to cover this old piece of crap, yet none mentioned this body’s 2003 debut. I think we know where some of that $300K went.

  • avatar

    Awesome…but I can’t abide by those headlights.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      The lights are bad, but have a look at that rear wing! Bentley obviously bought them from a shop that specializes in tricked-out 1990s Civics.

      300 grand should buy you a wing that tucks away.

  • avatar

    At legal speeds this wouldn’t seem capable of inflicting any passenger discomfort that a Veloster couldn’t.

    But with the Veloster could also have a 1/4 mill house with a nice hot tub to soothe you.

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    We had a 2008 GT Speed. It was about 6 years old at the time with 27k miles and the headliner was falling down and water collected around the ‘machined and knurled’ fuel cap. The spoiler was much more appropriately-sized and was power retracting. I’ve seen some of these Supersports before. Look them up. Some have obnoxious tape-and-stripe kits that would make a Beretta Z34 blush.

    Anyhow, the W12s are fine motorcars without a doubt. But a $200-300k motorcar? That’s an awful lot for a badge.

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    Jeff S

    I like this Bentley but even if I had that kind of money I would not buy it or any vehicle in that price range. Many who would drive these vehicles would probably lease them. Some would buy these but many wealthy would probably own something less pricey and more modest.

  • avatar

    The lines really work on this, but that spoiler is hideous.

  • avatar

    Last night’s Powerball results are in. I guess I’ll continue driving my F-150 (yes there are power tools in the back seat and bits of lumber in the bed) instead of a 209 mph status symbol.

  • avatar

    Weighing in at over 5000 lbs it damn well better have enormous brakes.

  • avatar

    The rear wing looks like an after-market bolt-on.

    It’s also a very dubious value proposition. For that amount of money you can have a MacLaren 570GT as well as a nicely configured S class.

  • avatar

    I dont mind the front end, but the lines, sides, everything just makes me think of an Infiniti G35 (including the inevitable aftermarket spoiler).

  • avatar

    Isn’t this the ace of base column?

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    What Bentley needs, yes needs, is a Mulsanne coupe. A proper range topped with a stonking V8, look at the prices of the Arnage based Brooklands – it’s obviously what the buyers wants.

    • 0 avatar

      The twin turbo V8 is the ‘ace of base’ model.

      Its still a $430,000 car where I am. Where that represents close to 10yrs avg. wages.

      Its also been spammed to me on a lease…

      $4,000 a month for 5yrs with a crazy balloon payment.

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