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Bentley Continental Supersports | new car sales price


The Bentley Continental Supersports is the world's fastest four-seat car, and ten lucky well-off Aussie buyers will spend a minimum of $569,522 (plus on-road costs) for the pleasure of driving the 336km/h missile.  

The big two-door sportscar, presented today at the Australian F1 Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, is not only the most powerful and expensive Continental ever offered, it is also the last in the current line that stretches back to 2004.

In what signals the start of a new era at the Volkswagen-owned, British-based luxury car-maker, an all-new Continental is expected to be shown at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Just 10 of the latest Continental Supersports have been allocated to Australia – eight coupes and two convertibles – out of global production run of 710 – a figure representing the horsepower of the 522kW beast. 

Most of the Australian allocation has already been sold and Bentley's local operation is understood to have asked for more.

According to the company's Asia-Pacific regional marketing manager, David Jackson, most of the current allocation has gone to owners of previous model Supersports.

The price for the new Supersports has risen $84,320 from the $485,200 GT Speed to $569,522, while the convertible version is more expensive again at $626,474, which is a $92,074 increase over its predecessor. 

Superspeed buyers get an extra 59kW of power at 522kW, plus 217Nm more torque at 1017Nm courtesy of bigger turbos and other new hardware in the 6.0-litre W12 twin-turbo engine.

All that power propels the fastest Bentley road car ever. The 2.2-tonne coupe version goes from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 336km/h.

The convertible is a little porkier and a tad slower but still does 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and has a peak speed of 330km/h.

Pulling up all that luxurious momentum is what Bentley claim to be the biggest brakes of their type on any production car, 420mm carbon-ceramic discs.

Those big brakes nestle inside unique to the Superspeed 21-inch forged alloy wheels that cut a useful 25kg of weight that helps make this the lightest of all the current Continentals.  

Other external styling changes include unique front and rear bumpers with carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively, along with other carbon-fibre and black-finished trim bits such as side vents. 

The grille and side vents have a dark chrome effect while the headlights and tail-lights come with a smoked-glass finish

A carbon-fibre rear wing spoiler can be included, along with a lightweight titanium exhaust pipe, should the buyer wish.

A torque vectoring system, previously employed on the Continental GT3 R, has been included as standard equipment while the suspension has been tweaked to handle the extra speed.

The Supersports' vectoring system brakes individual wheels in an out of corners while maintaining full squirt to other wheels to help the car track evenly around the bends

The all-wheel drive system is typically biased 60 per cent to the rear wheels. 

The convertible gets neck warmers for front seat occupants to use on cold days with its electric-powered fabric top lowered. 

The interior features quilted seats and door trims in a diamond stitch pattern, along with a carbon-fibre checkered design on the dash. Nine other finishes are available from the standard list, while Mulliner's bespoke services offer almost endless other options.

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