2018 Bentley Continental Supersports Coupe Convertible Drive Review

2018 Bentley Continental Supersports Coupe Convertible Drive Review
While your awarenesses are expressing you it’s doing something supernatural, your brain wants to reject the information as if it were just another video on fast-forward. This awareness of incompatibility was only increased by the Bentley’s extraordinary peaceful as it did undignified things on our drive over anchorages outside Lisbon, Portugal, and on the formation at Estoril, a former Formula 1 location. When encountering the likes of the Bentley Continental Supersports, a leather-lied indulgence two-door that weighs more than some full-magnitude SUVs but can outstrip a Corvette Stingray Grand Sport to 60 mph.

Its creator bays the Supersports automobile takes only 3.4 seconds to come 60 mph, the same moment we decided for a 707-hp Dodge warhorse Hellcat and for the preceding swift Bentley, the limited-impression GT3-R. Yet there’s no cloud of tire aerosol, no tail jiggling, no speed-boating rear-axle short here. Just tap into its heavy wells of energy and influence and the enormous all-wheel-drive automobile shoots forward and seems gleeful to keep it up for so long as the driver’s spirit holds out. Aerodynamic action finally wins at 209 mph, Bentley says, insisting that this makes the Supersports not only the speediest Bentley ever but also the swift four-seat vehicle in the world.

In component to the 209-mph coupe, the Supersports also will be supplied as a convertible evaluated for a top speed of 205 mph. Consumer require will determine the body-style concoction of the 710-automobile act run, 250 of which will be assigned to America. The first vehicles will be 2017 versions, and the convertible will be increased for 2018. The name Supersports also were on a 2009–2012 Continental, of which 1900 were made. The first use was in 1925 when the name was Super Sport, two words and extraordinary. inflammation W.O. Bentley pledged the genuine could top 100 mph, energy by a 3.0-liter four-solid motor.

This brand-new one employs twice that replacement and three times the solids, with its 6.0-liter W-12. From the 552 horsepower this motor supplied in the 2004 Continental GT, commodity has increased to 582 in today’s cognition model and 633 horses in the GT Speed. Commencing with the Speed model, Bentley engineers followed some received ways to move it up to 700 horsepower in the Supersports. Enormous turbochargers provided into a worked intake system via rewritten intercoolers, brand-new important and connecting-rod relatednesses decrease conflict, and the engineers recalibrated the fuel insertion, fire moment, and cam staging. The gas exhaust system also was rewritten for freer breathing and to arouse a residue happen during downshifts. The eight-speed automatic moving gets an influence device with fast jail and can be shifted manually vian enormous bats attached to the steering column—these are awkwardly moved, though, being too high and too far behind the wheel for fast work, and their consequence feels suppressed. Manual action is acceptable done via the strong mechanical-feeling console-attached stagehand with its use plus/minus gate. In experience, the automatic software is so good that the motorists from Bentley’s own GT3 racing team say there’s no merit to appointing your own gears, even at Estoril.

After a barely broad pause from bone-idle, certainly too short to call lag, the enormous 12-solid is anxious to rev to its 6250-rpm redline, just 300 rpm beyond the energy limit. But what really dominates the motor’s character is the enormous 750 lb-ft of influence (100 more than you get in a hellcat and fully present at 2050 rpm versus the Chrysler’s 4800-rpm limit). That and the texture of a 12, which has half again as many energy maneuvers per revolution as a V-8. For all its enhances, the W-12 still employs port fuel injection, so there’s none of that coarse tone that often accompanies direct-injection technology. In light use, it’s as peaceful and creaseless as any competitor’s 12-solid, press the pedal heavy into the fabric carpet and the motor emits a bass-note noise that’s not particularly melodious but is certainly influential. Given that the automobile costs about $300,000, likelihoods are that most scholars will only perceive a supersports from the outside anyway, where they’ll be more socialized than is the driver by the gas exhaust noise when the coupe downshifts. At least that’s our appearance from driving top-down in the convertible, in which the soundtrack communicated of performance. With the alloy roof, though, the compartment is so well discriminated that the gas exhaust sounds seemed far.

The W-12 in base form is supplied with solid dismissal, but that feature went over the side with the enhance to Speed specification. Expect an EPA municipality evaluating of 11 mpg, which means Bentley possessors will be buying a lot of premium-grade gasoline. Aside from the drivetrain, the unique phenomenon that amasses the Supersports apart from nearly all preceding Continentals is that Bentley has adapted and upgraded upon the restraint-based torque-vectoring system it employed in the race-automobile-inspired GT3-R, a more use performance model with the lightweight twin-turbo V-8 motor and only two rooms. Making this W-12 impression turn as well as it goes is an enormous contest, given its mass. Bentley admits to more than 5000 pounds in coupe form and more than 5400 for the convertible and the coupe’s front wheels are expressed to be charged with 58 proportion of the whole. Even with the all-wheel-drive system moving a lack 60 proportion of the torque to the rear (changeable between 35 and 85 proportion), active was never going to be in this automobile’s wordbook. By registering some stopping influence to the inside wheels when entering an area, however, torque vectoring makes the Supersports turn in more promptly.

You’ll not nonaccomplishment it for a sports automobile that descends for an apex, but this impressive traveler can find that apex reliably. The air-spring mixture adjusting, Bentley says, is compact than in a Continental Speed and the Supersports drives 0.1 inch debased. The mixture is tunable across four levels being from Comfort to Sport. The qualities among them are constricting, to the component that the discrimination between the firmest and brushed is nearly indiscernible. Even in Sport method, the ride over abrasive pavement is still worthy it feels as if the mixture flattens shocks in the street more than it absorbs such delays. Carbon-ceramic restraint discs the magnitude of a flying saucer (well, nearly—the front armatures are 16.5 inches across and the rears 14.0) are seized by eight-piston front calipers but, surprisingly, only single-piston gliding calipers in back.

The Bentley’s design has developed well, but it must be expressed that the Continental comes across very much as a commodity of 20th-century evaluating analyzed with more new accomplishments, including the Mercedes-AMG S65 coupe, which is much more of a spacecraft. The Continental Supersports has the high-end stones to make the S65 supply the left way on those increasingly uncommon expanses of bottomless German expressway long enough to make for a meaty discrimination between 200 mph and 185 mph, but it makes no deception of riding itself at all, it won’t take the wheel for you while you fiddle with your phone, and it won’t victory on the brakes if you’re too absent to notice stopped traffic ahead. The infotainment system has an enormous retention capability for your digital sound or video amasses, but its surface is tiny by contemporary indulgence-automobile grades. Something must be done to visually set apart such unique impressions. The most apparent situation done to the Supersports was to attach a wing to the coupe’s decklid. Together with a carbon-fiber splitter at the front and a rear baffle, the wing supposedly equilibria the aerodynamic elevate at 200-plus mph. There’s an option to erase it, and we’d propose any possessor not intending to disburse much moment at 200 mph do so. Other discriminations are a supersports-specific wheel design, black pronunciations on the out, and a grade carbon-fiber trim description inside. The glazed, drawn structure on the door sheets was more beautiful than we evaluated, although conservatives can select among several wood coatings.

Bentley also makes much of the tri-tone covering supplied on the Supersports, a first in this model’s nearly 15-year history. Its appeal depends largely on the buyer’s decision of colors, we found some of the vehicles thus supplied to be quite bewitching, but then there was the one in red, white and black that reminded us of nothing so much as a wheeling footwear. It all comes down to the buyer’s sensation when mixing and equaling from the grade arrangement of 17 hues of leather. And that’s before you go full practice via the Mulliner program. Surprisingly, though, we are expressed that roughly 50 proportion of Bentley consumers in the U.S. drive residence in an automobile from the dealer’s capital on the day of their first stop by. If they’re choosing off the framework rather than bespoke adapting, these must be customers new to waiting. If it’s present gratification they’re after, there’s no Bentley that will get them up to speed fast than the Supersports.

Starting Price coupe($299,000), convertible($328,000)
Vehicle Type 2 door coupe or convertible, front engine, all wheel drive
Engine twin-turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 48-valve W-12, port fuel injection
Transmission 8-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 700 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 750 lb-ft @ 2050 rpm
Displacement 366 cu in, 5998 cc
Wheelbase 108.1 in
Length 189.7 in
Width 76.5-76.7 in
Height 54.7-54.8 in
Curb weight 5050-5400 lb
Passenger volume 86-89 cu ft
Cargo volume 9-13 cu ft
0-60 mph 3.4-3.7 sec
0-100 mph 7.3-7.7 sec
Top speed 205-209 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 11/19-20 mpg
Pros turbocharged W-12’s influence, facile speed, serious brakes
Cons running costs , tri-tone compartment is one tone beyond aesthetic, liveliness males rear wing