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L’apogée du Grand Tourisme est selon Bentley, sa nouvelle Continental Supersports. Il s’agit de sa plus rapide et plus puissante voiture de route jamais produite par le constructeur de Crewe.

C’est donc un troisième opus qui s’ouvre en 2017 pour le nom Supersports inauguré dans les années 1920 et repris en 2009.

En résumé :

  • Le 0-60 mph en 3.4 secondes
  • Le 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds
  • Vitesse maximum de  209 mph, 336 km/h (voiture 4 places la plus rapide)
  • La plus puissante des Bentley : 710 PS (700 bhp), 1,017 Nm (750 lb.ft.)
  • Un traitement unique du style intérieur et extérieur qui souligne sa performance, disponible en coupé ou cabriolet

De son moteur w12, 6 litres bi-turbo, Bentley a pu tirer 80cv de plus et 217 Nm de couple supplémentaire. Sa transmission est assurée par une boîte automatique ZF à 8 rapports qui transmet toute la puissance et le couple aux 4 roues dans un  rapport 40 % à l’avant et 60 % à l’arrière. Le freinage est confié à des disques en carbone céramique assurant endurance et allègement.

De même que les jantes en alliage spécifiques ont sauvé 20 kg, il est encore possible de faire mieux par exemple en choisissant l’option de l’échappement en titane. Ce sont alors 5 kg de plus en moins…

Bentley a utilisé son expérience en compétition de la continental GT3-R pour développer son système de distribution du couple qui freine indépendamment les roues avant ou arrière en fonction des besoins lors des phases d’accélération afin de sortir au mieux des virages. Cela devrait procurer une sensation d’agilité pour la GT de 2 280 kg.

Pour les anglophones, voici le communiqué de presse officiel de Bentley :

NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS : THE WORLD’S FASTEST FOUR-SEAT CAR

  • New Continental Supersports is the pinnacle grand tourer
  • Fastest accelerating Bentley ever: 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds
  • (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds); top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h)
  • Most powerful Bentley yet: 710 PS (700 bhp), 1,017 Nm (750 lb.ft.)
  • Extreme agility combines with refinement and luxurious ride quality
  • Unique styling highlights performance potential; available as coupe or convertible
  • Video News Release available, access details in notes to editors

(Crewe, 6 January 2017) Bentley is today announcing its fastest and most powerful production model to date: the new Bentley Continental Supersports.

A top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds) make the new Continental Supersports the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury four-seat car.

Similarly, its soft-top sibling, the Continental Supersports Convertible, is the fastest four-seat convertible in the world, despatching the sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 secs) on its way to a 205 mph (330 km/h) top speed.

Bentley’s mighty W12 engine, redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware, and a torque vectoring system create a Continental Supersports  as agile as it is powerful. Meanwhile, unique styling cues inside and out give the new model a sharpened athletic appearance highlighting its performance potential.

As well as offering supercar pace and a highly focused driving experience, there is no compromise in the refined nature of the Continental’s ride quality. This fusion of extremes in luxury and performance make the Supersports the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define and dominate the grand touring genre.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: « The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley. From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 – and now with the third iteration of this iconic model – it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way.”

Extreme Power and Torque; Stand-Out Performance

A bespoke drivetrain featuring Bentley’s W12 engine combines extreme power and torque to offer exhilarating performance.

Key to the Supersports’ additional outputs are newly designed, higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised charge-air cooling system which create more boost and additional power. In order to harness these additional outputs, upgrades have also been made to the Continental’s cranktrain, including new main and conrod bearings.

These extensive engine revisions result in an increase of 80 PS (79 bhp) and 217 Nm (160 lb.ft.) over the 2009 Supersports model – a 10 percent power-to-weight and 25 percent torque-to-weight ratio improvement.  The top speed rises by five miles per hour (and the 0-60 mph time drops by 0.3 seconds).

The Supersports also benefits from a new torque converter which locks up faster allowing the car to make best use of the enhanced torque figure of 1,017 Nm (750 lb. ft.), and accelerate from standstill even more rapidly.

In order to rein in this immense performance the new Supersports is fitted with high-performance carbon ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling. The brake discs are the largest of their type in the world, providing excellent performance with minimal fade under extreme conditions.

The brakes sit behind lightweight 21” forged alloy wheels, together offering a 20 kg weight saving in unsprung mass. A further 5 kg weight-saving is offered via an optional titanium exhaust system. The new Supersports is the lightest-ever iteration of the current Continental GT and lighter than the 2009 four-seat Supersports model.

Enhancing the driver experience still further, the exhaust system has been redesigned to breathe more freely and provide an unmistakeable Bentley soundtrack, with down-shifts eliciting a rifle-fire crackle.

Ultimate Handling and Luxury Refinement

This performance is matched by athletic handling. The Supersports has a specifically calibrated and updated version of the torque vectoring system first introduced on the Continental GT3-R.

This dynamic system brakes individual front and rear wheels during acceleration out of corners to increase performance, whilst maintaining full power to unbraked wheels, and brakes the inside rear wheel on turn-in to improve agility. It also has a bespoke, less intrusive stability control calibration for a more precise chassis response.

The new Supersports retains the rear-biased torque split of Bentley’s all-wheel-drive system, sending 60 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard for a better balanced, more sporting character, but with the ability to adjust the front-rear power split depending on available traction.

Despite the focus on sharper driving dynamics, the Supersports’ lowered and stiffened dynamic suspension set-up retains all of its luxurious ride quality for passengers wishing to cover long distances in supreme comfort.

Bespoke Design Signalling High-Performance Character

The new Continental Supersports features unique exterior and interior styling cues which reflect the significant uplift in the performance capability of this pinnacle grand tourer.

Exterior changes include newly sculpted front and rear bumper designs incorporating a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively, new side sill extensions and bonnet vents also finished in carbon-fibre, gloss-black fron