The result is 79bhp and 160 lb-ft of torque more even than the last Bentley to wear the Supersports nameplate, the first-gen Conti of 2009 – a car which was also heavier than the latest one. In fact, the 2017 Supersports is the lightest-ever iteration of the Continental GT, says Bentley (though it does still weigh well over two tonnes).
Other changes are a torque vectoring system from the GT3 R, an upgraded torque converter with faster lock-up, and enhanced cooling for the carbon ceramic brakes – at 420mm up front, the discs are the biggest of any brakes anywhere, says Bentley. A new exhaust helps the Bentley’s breathing and provides those pleasing rifle-cracks on downshifts.
You shouldn’t have any trouble spotting the most powerful Bentley ever. Identifying marks include new front and rear bumper sections incorporating carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser, carbon sill extensions and bonnet vents, plus gloss black finish for the wing vents and tailpipe, and for trim that would otherwise be shiny chrome. Even the lights and door handles get the black treatment.
It may be getting on now (the second-gen Conti came out in 2011) but Bentley is adamant the Supersports sets a new standard for dynamic handling with luxury ride. The new vectoring system from the road-racer is said to make a noticeable difference, improving traction out of corners, allowing the stability control to take more of a back seat and generally enhancing agility. As before, 60 per cent of torque is sent to the rear wheels.