2009 Continental Supersports
Everything about the 2009 Bentley Continental Supersports was engineered for a single purpose: to deliver the most thrilling driving experience imaginable.
The inspiration for the ‘Supersports’ name is the 1925 Bentley Supersports, a race-bred version of the iconic Bentley 3-litre, that delivered 85bhp when more ordinary cars were equipped with a modest 15bhp. It was also the first production car to reach 100mph – extreme performance in its day.
Bentley followed the launch of the 2009 coupe with the 2010 Supersports Convertible, and then the limited edition 2011 Supersports Convertible ISR, based on the Ice Speed Record set by Juha Kankunnen in a Supersports. Read more below.
2009 Continental Supersports coupe
The aggressive, low muscular stance of the 2009 Continental Supersport coupe not only drew attention to the changes beneath the skin, but served an equally important technical role.
The W12 engine, an advanced 621bhp (630PS) unit was allowed to generate its extra power and torque as dramtic vertical front air intakes distribute 10% additional airflow to the twin intercoolers. Even the wheel was reinvented. The striking 10-spoke blade-like design drove airflow over the largest carbon ceramic brakes ever offered on a production car.
With a top speed of 204 mph, the 2009 Continental Supersports was Bentley’s fastest and most powerful production car ever, from its launch in 2009 until the launch of the new Continental Supersports in 2017, which is even faster at 209 mph. The added power and decreased weight of the original 2009 Supersports mean the 0-60mph acceleration time was just 3.7 seconds.
Everything about the orignal 2009 Supersports was engineered for a single purpose: to deliver the most thrilling driving experience imaginable.
2010 Continental Supersports Convertible
The launch of the Continental Supersports Convertible in 2010 followed the introduction of the Continental Supersports Coupé in 2009. With the same 630PS (621bhp/463kW) twin-turbocharged W12 engine, the Supersports Convertible was the fastest, most potent convertible Bentley had ever built.
2011 Continental Supersports Convertible ISR Edition
The Continental Supersports Convertible ISR limited edition was created to celebrate the achievements of four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen who set a new world ice speed record on 10th February 2011 above the frozen waters of the Bay of Bothnia, Finland in the Continental Supersports Convertible.
The all-wheel drive Supersports Convertible achieved a speed of 205.48mph (330.695 km/h) on a specially created 16.5km long track on the frozen Baltic Sea. this feat shattered Juha's own record of 199.83mph (321.6 km/h) set in 2007 in the Continental GT. In commemoration, a limiited edition of 100 Continental Supersports ISR Convertibles were built.
The 6-litre, twin turbo charged W12 engine of the Continental Supersports ISR Convertible produces 640PS (631bhp / 471kW). 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds) and from a standing start it reaches 100mph in a blinding 9.5 seconds.