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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 28th 2009
4— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 28, 2009 Icon unleashes green machine Clean, greenand extremelymean. . . that’s themodel luxury carmaker Bentley willbe unveiling at the Genevamotorshow next week. Kevin Hepworthgivesa sneak preview Bentley Continental Supersport will be the company’s most powerful model and the first production Flex- Fuel model capable of running on petrol or E85 ethanol or any mix of the two. S Details of the show car were released yesterday along with the photographs of the new model. The Continental Supersports be- gan as an ‘‘under the radar’’ project exploring the possibilities of weight reduction on the Continental GT but with more power and torque. Over the next 24 months the experiment crystallised into an offi- cial new car program with dramatic results. The twin turbocharged 6-litre W12 engine produces 463kW and 800Nm, sufficient to fling the Supersports from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 329km/h. CLASSY: The 2010 Bentley Continental GT Speed Coupe has been rated as the UK car maker’s fasted most powerful model ever launched. For the dash and the few non- stability programme. The work of stopping the Super- While the basic underpinnings of the car are shared with the Continen- tal GT the Supersports benefits from retuned steering and suspension, lighter weight components, retuned dampers and anti-roll bars. Drive is through the 6-speed ZF Quickshift transmission with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all- wheel drive system, a wider rear track, bespoke lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels and a unique electronic sports is handled by a massive set of carbon ceramic brakes, 420mm on the front and 356mm on the rear. The photographs show a two-door coupe with plenty of Continental DNA but enough difference to set it apart as something special. The interior is pure Bentley sports with carbon-fibre race-styled bucket leather seats and a diamond-stitched alcantara-style insert harking back to a bygone Bentley era. leather surfaces carbon-fibre domi- nates what appears to be a standard Bentley instrument layout with sat- ellite navigation screen, premium sound system and a steering wheel without any obvious gear-shift pad- dles. Key aspects of the exterior design were driven by the need to feed air to the turbochargers and result in large vertical intake apertures and twin bonnet vents. The dark-smoked steel finishon all exterior brightware, is unique to the industryandisdrawnfromaprocess used to coat industrial tools, watches and even hip-replacement joints. In announcing its eco-strategy in February last year Bentley sign- posted bio or flexfuels as the way forward for the firm’s plans to reduce both carbon emissions and fuel consumption. The Supersports has a claimed combined fuel cycle economy of 16.3L/100kmandcarbon emissions of 388g/km. TEPPING into the world of supercar performance while keeping a gentlemanly eye on the environment, the
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