The British luxury sports car manufacturer has brought the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible at the 2010 NYIAS and also announced that the topless four-seater will arrive in US dealerships this summer.
The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible is powered by a twin-turbo W12 6.0-litre engine that produces 621 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque and both gasoline or E85 bioethanol can be used for propulsion.
The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible takes just 3.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 mph and 9.6 seconds from 0 to 100 mph while its top speed is 202 mph.
The 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible price will start at 280,400 USD and details regarding standard features available in the press release after the jump.
Bentley press release :
(31 March 2010. New York, NY USA) Bentley Motors is
showcasing its fastest, most potent drop-top ever – the new 2011
Continental Supersports Convertible – during the New York Motor Show
beginning this week. The newest addition to the Continental model range
features a 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that is capable
of running on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol, making it both powerful
and environmentally conscious.
The new, muscular four-seat
Supersports Convertible will be priced from $280,400 when it arrives at
Bentley retailers this summer. Unmistakably Bentley in its design and
craftsmanship, its interior signifies a dramatic re-interpretation of
Bentley luxury. Satin-finished carbon fibre, Alcantara™ and ‘Soft Grip’
leather create a unique ambience with a distinctly sporting and
contemporary style.
The entire 2011 Continental model range,
including the new Supersports Convertible, will be capable of running
on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol, or any combination of the two,
reaffirming Bentley’s ongoing commitment to make all its cars biofuel
compatible by 2012. Pioneered by the Supersports Coupe, this FlexFuel
technology offers a reduction of up to 70 percent in CO2 emissions on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis, a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions.
new Supersports Convertible is the most powerful drop-top we’ve ever
produced,” said Christophe Georges, President & Chief Operating
Officer for Bentley Motors, Inc. “This extreme power combines with
pioneering FlexFuel technology, now shared with all Continental models,
reflecting Bentley’s ongoing commitment to more environmental motoring.”
The Continental Supersports Convertible
new Continental Supersports Convertible is a car that must be driven to
be fully understood. Behind the wheel it is immediately clear that a
Supersports Bentley is a ‘fusion of extremes’ – the ultimate in extreme
performance, every day practicality and unrivalled hand-crafted luxury.
Supersports program began as an ‘under the radar’ project exploring the
possibilities of weight reduction on the Continental GT Coupé but with
more power and torque. The largely experimental project soon
crystallized into an official new car program, driven by the passion
and enthusiasm of a small group of Bentley engineers and designers. Now
the Supersports Convertible has received the same focus and the results
are equally dramatic.
“The ‘extreme’ Bentley stable now has a new occupant in the form of the Supersports
said Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Board, Engineering. “It is a
car every bit as purposeful and potent as the Coupé but with the
panache of roof-down motoring.”
FlexFuel Technology Introduced On All 2011 Continental Models
technology, pioneered on the Continental Supersports Coupé in 2009, is
now extended to the complete 2011 Continental range, including the new
Supersports Convertible. The W12 6-liter power unit now has the
technology to run on gasoline, E85 bioethanol or any mix of these two
fuels – all from a single tank.
Bioethanol is blended with
gasoline in a variety of percentages ranging from E10 (10 percent
bioethanol) to the most widely known, E85, a ratio of 85 percent
bioethanol to 15 percent gasoline to ensure cold-start capability.
presents other unique engineering challenges compared with gasoline,
due to its chemical composition and characteristics. E85 biofuel has a
very high octane rating of 105 but a lower energy content that requires
a 30 percent increase in the engine fuel-flow rate.
necessitated a complete review of the fuel system to identify and, if
required, replace components deemed to be insufficiently resistant to
the properties of ethanol.
Increased fuel flow is achieved
through a returnless fuel system, twin variable flow-fuel pumps and a
new closed-loop fuel rail design with pressure sensor. For the fuel
system all O-rings, seals, gaskets and pipes are new while new valve
coatings and hardened valve seat material provide additional
lubrication. New spark plugs with a wider heat range allow for slower
A sensor in the fuel supply system detects the
blending ratio in real time and varies the engine mapping to ensure
power, torque and emissions remain at the same levels whatever fuel is
FlexFuel offers the possibility of up to a 70 percent reduction in CO2 net emissions on a ‘well to wheel’ basis, calculated by adding the CO2 emitted during the extraction and refining process (the ‘well’) with the CO2 released when the fuel is burnt during motoring (the ‘wheel’).
can be sourced from sugar cane or soybean, or from “second-generation”
sources such as agricultural waste and forestry residues. As biofuels
are not derived from fossil fuels, the CO2 released during combustion is reabsorbed by plants during the photosynthesis process, thus creating an unbroken energy cycle.
The New Continental Supersports Convertible – At a Glance
The fastest, most potent drop-top Bentley ever
• 6-liter W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine produces 621bhp at 6,000 rev/min and 590lb ft of torque at 2,000-4,500 rev/min
• 0 – 60mph in 3.9 seconds
• 0 -100mph in 9.6 seconds
• Top speed of 202mph
• Overall weight saving of 198 lbs versus GTC Speed
A highly focussed, extreme Bentley convertible driving experience
• Revised ZF 6HP26 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by 50 percent and enables double downshifts

New 40/60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system
reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better
modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering’
• Retuned
Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system, stiffer suspension bushes and
uprated rear anti-roll bar benefit body control, steering response,
turn-in and balance
•  Increased 2-inch rear track improves grip and stability

Lightweight, 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels offer 22 lbs weight saving
per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass and improving brake cooling
•  275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires
• Advanced ESP system fully exploits potential of the powerful W12 engine and improved chassis

Standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes provide fade-free braking and
contribute a 44 lb reduction in rotating and unsprung mass from the
front axle
Muscular yet elegant styling with four-seat practicality

Form follows function: distinctive center air intake and vertical
grilles feed larger volume of air (+ ten percent) to turbocharger
intercoolers while bonnet vents extract hot air from engine bay

Subtly curved rear wheel arches with newly tooled side panels
accommodate increased rear track of the uprated chassis and provide
muscular stance
• Distinctive ‘smoked steel finish’ to all
exterior ‘brightware,’ including the first automotive application of
‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ to stainless steel
• Larger, twin elliptical exhaust tailpipes and rear valance with discreet vertical divider
• Fixed rear boot lid spoiler for improved aerodynamics
• Unique driver-focused, four-seat cabin
• Lightweight, carbon fibre, front sports seats, saving 99 lbs per car
• Alcantara™, carbon fibre and ‘Soft Grip’ leather provide a new interpretation of Bentley craftsmanship
standardization of FlexFuel capability across the 2011 Continental
model range reaffirms Bentley’s on-going environmental commitment

• FlexFuel available on all 2011 Continental models, including the new Supersports Convertible, from June 2010
• All Continental models are now capable of running on gasoline and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two
• Power and torque remain constant whatever the ratio of gasoline to E85 biofuel

A Fuel Quality Sensor detects the blending ratio of the fuel in real
time sending a signal to the engine control unit (ECU), initiating the
correct engine mapping. This ensures all performance parameters remain
balanced and consistent
• Offers a reduction in CO2
emissions of up to 70 percent (well-to-wheel,) a measure of a fuel’s
net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions

Source: Bentley