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Bentley Continental Supersports Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.0 L W 12-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 621 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports

  • The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports has a healthy dose of performance, but it all comes at a price -- both literally and figuratively.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Astonishing performance; surprisingly capable handling; impeccably crafted interior.

  • Cons

    Outdated in-car electronics interface; capable handling doesn't fully mask its giant size; manually operated seats.

  • What's New for 2011

    The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports gains a new convertible stablemate (reviewed separately) but the coupe returns unchanged.

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Gas Mileage

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  • 19
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


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Vehicle: 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports

I purchased this as a replacement to a 2008 GT Speed. Hard to believe that a few changes results in such a vastly improved vehicle. Handling is outstanding, transmission is much crisper. Drives like a Ferrari 599 with and auto transmission. Plus the iPod interface actually works. (finally!) Black wheels and trim looks good, but not all exterior colors work. Avoid browns and greens). This is a unique vehicle. Stunning performance, but with reliability and comfort that mean the car can be driven daily.



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Full 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Review

What's New for 2011

The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports gains a new convertible stablemate (reviewed separately) but the coupe returns unchanged.

Introduction

The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports seems trapped between two disparate worlds. In traditional Bentley fashion, it has all of the luxury trappings, but in a departure from pampered opulence, it also attempts to stand with high-performance exotic sports cars. In the end, it seems that too many compromises were made on each end of the spectrum.

The "regular" Continental GT is already a potent performer in its own right, reaching 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph. The Supersports surpasses it with sharper handling, 0-60-mph acceleration in 3.8 seconds and a max speed of 204 mph. Impressive numbers, indeed, but one has to question these performance gains in the face of a $77,000 premium. And the Supersports cost is not just monetary.

In order to save weight, Bentley removed the backseats (their usefulness was questionable anyway) and firmed up the suspension tuning to the point that it may be jarring for some -- even for more performance-minded drivers. The manually operated seats may also be a letdown for some, as would be the outdated infotainment interface. Furthermore, it's fairly likely that the next Continental Supersports will adopt many of the 2012 Continental GT's improvements.

The prospect of purchasing "last year's" Bentley may be enough to nudge buyers in the direction of true exotic sports cars. The 2011 Aston Martin DBS is similarly priced and offers a more balanced blend of luxury and performance. The 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia is marginally less expensive and offers more agility, as do the McLaren MP4-12C and 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. And there's always the stalwart 2011 Porsche 911 lineup, with a wide spectrum of performance to fit a variety of tastes.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports is a two-seat high-performance version of the Continental GT coupe that is offered in a single well-appointed trim level.

Standard features include 20-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes, a rear spoiler, bi-xenon headlamps, parking sensors, unique exterior styling, automatic wipers, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear parcel shelf, four-way manual lightweight front seats (mounted to the owner's preferred driving position), faux-suede upholstery and trim, a sport steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim, Bluetooth, a navigation system and a 10-speaker stereo with an iPod interface and a lifetime satellite radio subscription.

There are fewer options available on the lightweight, performance-oriented Supersports compared to the regular GT. Still, options include a power trunk, a rearview camera, multiple two-tone interior color choices, a 15-speaker Naim premium audio system and the option to reinstall the regular Continental GT's seats.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 that produces a whopping 621 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the Supersports hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds on its way to its stated top speed of 204 mph. It's no surprise that fuel economy is poor, at an EPA-estimated 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined.

Safety

Standard safety features for the Continental Supersports include antilock carbon-ceramic disc brakes, stability and traction control, and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, the Supersports came to a stop from 60 mph in a very short 109 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

Whereas traditional Bentleys feature swaths of rich leather and impeccable wood veneers, the Continental Supersports opts for an upscale racy treatment. Carbon fiber and faux suede are used instead and the comfortable front seats have been pulled in favor of lightweight racing buckets. Unfortunately these seats do not feature power adjustments, nor are they height-adjustable. Bentley will custom fit the seats to the driver, but that could possibly cause comfort issues for other drivers.

Seat issues aside, the Supersports' interior is as beautifully made as any other Bentley. Every element of the cabin seems as though it were artfully created by a master craftsman, whether it's the knurled chrome switchgear or expertly laid carbon fiber. The trunk is generous by exotic GT standards and the lack of cramped rear seats will accommodate any cargo overflow. On the downside, though, the infotainment interface is woefully outdated.

Driving Impressions

Tipping the scales at approximately 5,000 pounds, the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports is no featherweight. Yet in our testing the Supersports managed to run through our slalom course at 67.8 mph -- a speed comparable to the much lighter BMW M3 Convertible. It's an impressive feat, no doubt, but the car's heft doesn't go unnoticed. Those accustomed to the plush Bentley ride quality may be in for a bit of a surprise, too, as the Supersports' firmness is considerably less luxurious -- regardless of which suspension setting you choose.

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