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2010 Bentley Continental

Bentley Announces E85-Capable Ahead of Geneva

Teaser for Bentley’s new 2010 Continental have been making way round the internet for the past of weeks, but today Bentley was ready to unleash exhaustive on their new E85-capable 621 horsepower Supersports 2 seat supercar.

The Supersports shares most pieces and drivetrain architecture the Continental GT Speed, though interior and exterior have beefed up to handle all that power. New are larger standard 20 wheels with what boasts are the largest and strongest on any production car.

The Continental also gets a trick deploying rear spoiler is completely hidden in the sublime Wider track relative to GT Speed models necessitates new fenders, and enlargened inlets air through the twin-turbocharged air intake

E85 ethanol, while clean-burning and eco-friendly, is more corrosive conventional gasoline. Thus, has replaced most of the engine in its turbocharged W12 powerplant. All the rings, and gaskets are unique to the Continental meaning a greater focus on performance is possible with engine.

The Continental Supersports a modified version of the AWD system in lesser Continental models. In application, the AWD system distributes 40 torque to the front wheels and 60 to the rear by default. Through the use of locking differentials torque can be as the situation requires, naturally.

The Bentley Continental Supersports has a release date this though Bentley says US are still waiting on regulators’ to run on the E85 spewing out of North American The car is adequately engineered, and the British company expects full certification by August.



Official Motors Press Release

The Supersports is the fastest, most Bentley ever with (621 bhp) 0-60 mph in 3.7 (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) and a 204 mph km/h) top speed.

The Supersports Bentley’s environmental commitment the launch of its first FlexFuel car.

The Supersports combines the of the iconic GT with a distinctive that reflects its supercar

The Supersports is the extreme Bentley a highly focused driving a muscular two-seater that is 110 kg than the Continental GT Speed.

Motors, Crewe. 25 February The Continental Supersports is the fastest and powerful Bentley ever.

It is the Bentley, a muscular two-seater delivers supercar performance and a focused driving experience.

The is also the first Bentley of running on both petrol and biofuel, pioneering the use of FlexFuel in the luxury sector. This stage one of the company’s commitment to its complete model range with renewable fuels by

Available worldwide from 2009, the Continental Supersports be FlexFuel compatible in the majority of from launch with American cars offering the by summer 2010, following approval.

The Continental Supersports as an ‘under the radar’ project the possibilities of weight reduction on the GT but with more power and A largely experimental process over a period of 24 months an official new car programme, driven by the and enthusiasm of a small group of engineers and designers.

The results are With 630PS (621 and new ‘Quickshift’ transmission that shift times, the Supersports new performance benchmarks for Bentley. It from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds km/h in 3.9 seconds) onto a top of 204 mph (329 km/h).

Supercar is complemented by an array of chassis including retuned steering and utilising lighter weight retuned dampers and anti-roll

Agility is further sharpened by the rear-biased torque split for the drive system, a wider track, bespoke lightweight alloy wheels and a unique stability programme.

Carbon brakes are standard fitment, steering response, grip and comfort, while saving Overall, the engineering team achieved a weight reduction of 110 kg lb) compared with the Continental GT

The evolution of the Supersports’ design is much a case of ‘form function’ with new purposeful forms signalling the engineering beneath the skin.

For example, the power and torque of the W12 engine additional airflow to the twin intercoolers and cooling system. designers responded with a and dramatic style that large vertical intake and twin bonnet vents.

new flared rear wings accommodate the 50 mm (2 inches) wider track are designed to emphasise the stance of this ultra-high coupe. The resultant Supersports combines the looks of the iconic GT with a new and distinctive appearance reflects its more extreme

The Supersports is further distinguished its Continental coupe stable by a unique dark-smoked steel to all exterior ‘brightware’, including grilles, lamp bezels, surrounds and wheels. A complex Vapour Deposition’ process is to all stainless steel components to a lustrous and highly durable A car industry first, this is normally used as a coating on tools, watches and even hip joints.

Fully embracing the spirit of the Supersports, Bentley’s designers have created a ambience. The cockpit represents a re-interpretation of Bentley interior in which carbon fibre and not only convey a sporting and style but also reduce

The Supersports is a strict two-seater all-new lightweight sports with carbon fibre rear panels. In the rear the seats are replaced by a stowage with a carbon fibre retaining beam.

The new interior provides a showcase for the skills of craftsmen and women at the company’s in Crewe, England. Signature grade leather and brightware are by carbon fibre panels, traditional wood veneers.

The Supersports is capable of running on petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of the E85 biofuel can offer a reduction of up to 70 per in CO2 emissions on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis.

is a measurement of a fuel’s net CO2 contribution to the not just tailpipe emissions. It is a way of how much CO2 a fuel emits its growth or extraction (well) to its or deployment (wheel). It includes distillation and transport of the fuel.

The supply system detects the ratio of the fuel in the tank and that power and torque constant regardless of the ratio of to biofuel. The result is seamless delivery in the Bentley tradition.

The name is inspired by the original 3-litre Supersports model in 1925, itself an evolution of the Speed. The lightweight, 85 bhp Supersports was the production Bentley to reach 100 mph and was renowned for the application of Le Mans-winning technology.

Commenting on the new Supersports Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, Bentley’s and Chief Executive said:

Continental Supersports reflects the and enthusiasm of Bentley’s engineers and This is the fastest, most Bentley ever, dramatically to underline its supercar character. it also pioneers the use of FlexFuel in the luxury sector.”

Continental news in brief


The fastest most Bentley in the company’s 90-year

— 6-litre W12 engine engine now produces 630PS bhp/463 kW) at 6000 rev/min and 800 Nm lb ft) of torque at 1700 5600

— 0 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 in 3.9 seconds)

— 0 -100 mph km/h) in 8.9 seconds

— 50 70 mph in 2.1

— 80 120 km/h in 2.6 seconds

Top speed of 204 mph (329 km/h)

Supersports reaffirms Bentley’s commitment by pioneering the use of biofuel in the sector

— Capable of on petrol and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two

Power and torque remain whatever the ratio of petrol to E85

— A Fuel Quality detects the blending ratio of the in real time sending a to the engine control unit initiating the correct engine This ensures all performance remain balanced and consistent.

Offers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 70% a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the not just tailpipe emissions

Supersports is the extreme Bentley, a highly focused driving

— Revised ZF 6HP26 with ‘Quickshift’ system cuts shift times by 50% and double downshifts

— New rear-biased torque split for the drive system reduces when powering out of bends and for better modulation of line and by ‘throttle steering’

— front suspension with forward levers, stiffer together with retuned roll bar and Servotronic steering for turn-in

— Revised Damping Control (CDC) for body control

— lightweight, 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels offer 10 kg (22 lb) weight per car, reducing unsprung and mass and improving brake Increased 25 mm (I inch) offset on wheels improves grip and

275/35 ZR20 Pirelli High Performance tyres

Advanced ESP system fully potential of the most powerful W12 and improved chassis

— carbon-ceramic brakes the largest and powerful brakes ever to a production car – contribute 20 kg (44 lb) saving

— 110 kg (243 lb) saving compared to Continental GT

Continental Supersports combines the of the iconic GT with a distinctive that reflects its supercar

— Form follows distinctive centre air intake and grilles feed larger of air (+ 10%) to turbocharger intercoolers bonnet vents extract hot air engine bay

— Subtly rear wheel arches newly tooled side accommodate increased rear of the uprated chassis and provide stance

— Distinctive steel finish’ to all exterior including the first automotive of ‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ to steel

— Larger, elliptical exhaust tailpipes and valance with discreet divider

2 new pearlescent and 2 new matt colours

— Unique two-seater cabin with sports seats, giving a 45 kg (99 lb) saving

— Rear replaced by stowage deck carbon fibre luggage beam

— AlcantaraTM, fibre and ‘Soft Touch’ provide a very different of Bentley craftsmanship with of Single Tone and Duo Tone

The fastest, most powerful ever

For the Continental Supersports, engineers have created the powerful engine in the company’s history.

Bentley’s renowned twin-turbocharged W12 now develops 630 PS (621 kW) at 6000 rev/min, an increase of 3.5 per compared with the Continental GT Maximum torque of 800 Nm (590 lb up by 6.7 per cent, is achieved from rev/min across virtually the rev range for effortless power

The extra power and torque from the increased turbocharger necessitated a 10 per cent increase in air to the intercoolers and radiators following an programme of Computational Fluid

Dramatically-styled front air intakes the intercoolers behind, while bonnet vents ensure extraction of hot air above the engine.

changes also help to downforce at the front, balanced by the of a re-profiled spoiler on the rear with a raised rear

The new ‘Quickshift’ version of the six-speed ZF automatic transmission is engineered for the Continental Supersports. Shift has been cut by 50 per cent and the revised also helps double (e.g. 6th down to 4th)

upshifts, fuel and ignition are cut to give faster mechanical times through torque also improving shift and durability. Positive torque downshifts is achieved through and gearbox electronic controller for extra throttle and fuel during the overrun. This manual throttle ‘blips’ for rev matching and helps double for enhanced response.

Acceleration are improved, response times the whole gear range are and engine braking can be better during enthusiastic driving. The is a driving experience with a feel and sound.

To cope the additional power and torque, the gear set of the ZF transmission is also

The increased power and torque, transmission and a 110 kg reduction in weight the Supersports with a top speed of 204 mph km/h) and a 0-60 mph sprint of just 3.7 seconds (0 100 km/h in 3.9 It also accelerates from mph (0-160 km/h) in just 8.9

Engineering Bentley’s first engine

At the 2008 Geneva Salon, Bentley announced a environmental programme to reduce CO2 and improve fuel economy its model range.

An important of this strategy is by 2012 to the entire Bentley fleet of running on renewable fuel the introduction of FlexFuel technology, engines are capable of running on bioethanol, petrol or any mix of the two.

At the time Bentley declared this would be achieved sacrificing its well-known performance and

This statement of intent has shape in the Continental Supersports a car balances extreme potency the pioneering use of biofuel technology in the sector.

The result is a net CO2 reduction of up to 70 per on a well-to-wheel-basis, the measurement of CO2 release of a from its production (well) to its or deployment (wheel).

Bioethanol can be responsibly from crops as corn, soybeans, sugarcane and Second generation bioethanol the non-food fibres of the plant as well as agricultural waste and residues. These are collected and into cellulose ethanol.

CO2 is by plants as part of the photosynthesis and cars using biofuel release that CO2 back the atmosphere, thus creating an energy cycle. In addition, are not derived from fossil making them a renewable ensuring a secure supply the future.

Bioethanol is often with petrol in a variety of ranging from E10 (10% to the most widely known, blended to a ratio of 85 per cent to 15 per cent petrol to ensure capability.

Bioethanol presents engineering challenges compared petrol, due to its chemical composition and E85 biofuel has a very high rating of 105 but a lower energy that requires a 30 per cent in the engine fuel flow

This necessitated a complete of the fuel system to identify, and if replace, components deemed to be resistant to the corrosive properties of

For the fuel system all O-rings, gaskets and pipes are new. In increased fuel flow is through a returnless fuel and twin variable flow pumps for the engine. The use of bioethanol requires new valve coatings and valve seat material for lubrication, a new closed loop rail design with sensor for higher fuel rates and new spark plugs a wider heat range for combustion.

The W12 6-litre power has the technology to run on petrol, E85 or any mix of these two

A new Fuel Quality Sensor in the supply circuit detects the mix of petrol and bioethanol in real The engine control unit initiates the correct engine to ensure all performance parameters balanced and consistent. Power and remain constant whatever the of petrol to bioethanol.

Bentley Continental

Brian Director, Chassis and Powertrain

“The W12 has been re-engineered to run on or a mix of petrol and bioethanol. A sophisticated sensing system ensures power and torque remain irrespective of the fuel ratio to seamless power delivery in the tradition.”

A highly focused experience

The Supersports’ high is complemented by an array of chassis and weight reductions to deliver a focused driving experience the emphasis on grip, agility and

The complex, four-link front features not only high aluminium uprights, but now lightweight forward levers (saving 4 lb). New double-stiffened bushes are at the inboard mounting point to steering response and feedback.

A new bush for the trailing link is 33 per stiffer to improve response and has a damping peak for better of fore-aft wheel movement.

The bar geometry is retuned for improved stiffness, while the Servotronic steering system is tuned for turn-in, improved feel and

The front and rear suspensions from changes to the electronic strategy of the Continous Damping (CDC) system that body control.

In common the GT Speed, the Supersports’ suspension is by 10 mm (0.4 inches) at the front and 15 mm inches) at the rear for optimal

Agility is further sharpened by a to the continuous all-wheel drive which provides exceptional in all weathers. As before, the drive is between the front and rear automatically via a highly sensitive centre differential which sends more power to the with greater grip.

For the the standard 50/50 front/rear split is replaced by 40/60 with a rear-bias. This for better modulation of line and by ‘throttle steering’ as well as acceleration out of bends.

The Supersports is with unique, lightweight x 20-inch forged alloy offering a total weight of 10 kg (22 lb) per car. These reduce unsprung and rotating mass the open 10-spoke design superior brake cooling. The wheels have a 25 mm (I inch) offset resulting in a 50 mm (2 inches) in the rear track, further handling and stability.

The new wheels are with 275/35 ZR20 Ultra-High Performance tyres, with the Continental GT Speed and excellent steering response. The rear track further the already high level of

To ensure optimum aerodynamic at speeds of up to 204 mph (329 km/h) the is fitted with a re-profiled spoiler which deploys at 50 mph (80

The Supersports is fitted with carbon-ceramic brakes as standard the and most powerful ever to a production car. The large (420 mm front, 356 mm rear), discs and eight-piston calipers fade-resistant braking performance minimal disc distortion high thermal conditions. A 20 kg (44 lb) saving reduces unsprung and mass, benefiting steering and handling.

Pedal feel is improved with shorter high effectiveness and a precise point.

The standard-fit tyre-pressure system allows drivers to tyre type and speed parameters. As well as monitoring the system warns drivers if speed is too high for the tyre or if tyre speed ratings are on winter tyres.

The Supersports an advanced electronic stability (ESP) that exploits the of the more powerful engine and chassis, improving driver and control. The new ESP also provides reinstatement of engine torque intervention for improved agility. The slip is increased at greater 90 per cent throttle to utilise all longitudinal grip.

Corner agility is thereby enhanced for driver involvement.

Brian Director of Chassis and Powertrain comments:

“The Supersports is an capable real-world supercar agility and traction in all driving The new rear-bias all-wheel drive and ESP systems allow the driver to exploit the potential of the W12 engine and chassis.”

Muscular styling: follows function

The Bentley Supersports was not born of market It started out as a kind of ‘under the project’ with a team of engineers investigating the additional potential of a lighter weight GT.

Driven by this small, group of Bentley engineers the gathered momentum. The team to create a rear-bias for the power and also raise that to create the fastest and most Bentley ever. The design was then briefed to make the new car

The evolution of the Supersports’ design was a case of form following the purposeful sculptural forms the engineering revisions beneath the

At the front, Supersports has a simple box’ centre air intake by two vertical grilles which the car dramatic differentiation, making it wider (and therefore while feeding a larger of cooling air to the intercoolers. Two new bonnet extract hot air from the engine

At the rear, the subtly curved arches are extended by 25 mm (I inch) side, necessitating newly panels, to accommodate the increased of the uprated chassis. They the Supersports with a truly stance, complemented by the new lightweight, 10-spoke alloy wheels. The open design allows a view of the carbon ceramic discs and calipers.

A new bumper a black finish to the lower houses larger (+ 40 mm/1.6 unique elliptical exhaust with a discreet vertical

The Supersports is further distinguished by a dark-smoked steel finish to all ‘brightware’, including front lamp bezels, window and wheels. A complex ‘Physical Deposition’ process is applied to all steel components to give a and highly durable finish. A car first, this process is used as a decorative coating on and machine tools.

Four new colours are available exclusively for the pearlescent Ice and Quartzite and a first for two matt finish colours, Grey Satin and Dark Satin. Supersports customers also have a choice of the 17 paint colours.

The new Continental will feature subtle model badges incorporated in the steel trim strip each wheel on the lower wings.

Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn, Member of the Engineering:

“The Supersports was by the passion and enthusiasm of a small of designers and engineers. Their aim was to create a performance car exuding and potency, where form function.”

A unique driver-focused

Fully embracing the extreme of Supersports, Bentley’s designers created a unique ambience for the of this most ‘driver of Bentley cars. They crafted a dedicated two-seat that blends traditional hide with three new for Bentley carbon fibre, and ‘Soft Touch’ leather. Bentley craftsmanship and fine is retained but given a very interpretation.

Dirk van Braeckel, of Design and Styling explains:

challenge was to create a driver-focused that complements the extreme of the exterior, using non-traditional whilst maintaining Bentley’s standards of quality and craftsmanship.”

weight carbon fibre wood veneer on the fascia and console, while the new lightweight sports seats also a carbon fibre clamshell The rear seats are replaced by a deck area with a fibre luggage retaining

A visible weave in all the carbon components has a ‘Bentley-specific’ density and all the are finished at the company’s Crewe shop.

The all-new lightweight seat frames are manufactured to a specification and assembled and trimmed at The cushion angle is fixed but the can be raised/lowered by 40 mm (1.6 inches) by the who will tailor each car to its stature. The new seats have fore/aft movement, backrest adjustment and a heated cushion and which tips forwards to access to the rear compartment.

The new makes a significant contribution to the reduction target by saving a of 45 kg (99 lb) versus the Continental GT Speed.

As the new seats do not have integrated the top seatbelt anchorage was moved to the The Continental GT’s twin armrests were replaced by a single armrest above an centre console storage

The headlining, rear compartment and the centre panels are finished in a high quality suede-like

The AlcantaraTM applied to the rear and seat facings is quilted and in the marks the return of the much ‘diamond’ upholstery pattern Bentleys of old.

To further the car’s sporty nature, the wheel and gear lever are in a new ‘Soft Touch’ leather extra grip for a racing car

The predominant interior colour is with Beluga secondary and Anthracite AlcantaraTM. Customers can personalise their interior by between Single and Duo Tone

Single Tone interiors primary and secondary hides in (black) and can be tailored to customer with a choice of contrasting and piping (defining the seat in seven colours Newmarket Hotspur, Saffron, Linen, Porpoise or Beluga.

Duo Tone offer a choice of three combinations with the primary in Newmarket Tan, Porpoise or Hotspur (red), the secondary in Beluga and the rear compartment and faces trimmed in Anthracite as they are in the Single Tone

These innovations are complemented by alloy foot-pedals and ‘Supersports’ to the polished treadplates.

Commenting on the extreme Bentley, Stuart Member of the Board, Sales and said:

“The Supersports appeal not only to existing customers but will extend the appeal to enthusiasts who value performance and distinctive styling in a car that is fuelled for the future.”

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