At the heart of the new Supersports, Bentley’s W12 engine sets new benchmarks in both power and torque. Maximum power is 700bhp while torque is 1,017Nm; compared with the previous-generation Supersports, that’s a 10% increase in power to weight and a full 25% in torque to weight ratio. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes just 3.4 seconds while top speed is 209mph.
The additional power is achieved by new, higher-capacity turbochargers and a new charge-air cooling system; new main and conrod bearings ensure the new engine can comfortably and reliably handle all that extra power. A new torque converter locks up more rapidly for faster acceleration and to make full use of the immense torque. An optional titanium exhaust system saves a further 5kg – and sounds even better than the standard system.
Bentley’s engineers haven’t simply boosted the power and torque of the new Supersports, they’ve also borrowed torque vectoring technology from the race-derived GT3-R to achieve eager, agile handling that belies the car’s size and heft. This applies brakes individually during cornering, improving agility on turn-in and when accelerating out of corners.
Correctly deducing that Supersports owners will enjoy exercising all that extra power, Bentley’s stability control calibration is less intrusive on this model. Suspension is also lowered and stiffened to enhance the driver experience, but the Supersports is still every inch a Bentley grand tourer, capable of covering immense distances at speed and in comfort.