A critic once sneered that Bentleys were “the fastest trucks in Europe.” Yes, they are very big, very heavy, and very fast. The new Supersports is the fastest ever, going from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and topping out at 204 mph. It also weighs 4,800 pounds. But this Bentley runs on an ethanol/gasoline mix. So call it “big, heavy, fast—and green.”
Developed as an “under-the-radar” project, the Supersports’ 6-liter, 630-hp turbocharged W12 engine is one of the very few in a production car capable of “eating up a mile in less than 18 seconds.” Steering and suspension have been upgraded to deliver better performance, and styling changes include beefed-up rear panels and aggressive front and hood cooling vents. With options, the total price can easily reach $250,000.
Taking its name from the original 3-liter Bentley, introduced in 1925, the Supersports features the most powerful carbon ceramic brakes on any production car, re-tuned anti-roll bars, and a revised electronic stability program. In the cabin, fancy woodwork has been replaced by carbon fiber, and a storage deck has taken the place of rear seats. But the seats are still trimmed in “soft touch” Alcantara leather.