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Bentley Shows New Continental Supersports Drop-Top At New York Motor Show

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Bentley Motors showed its fastest, most potent drop-top ever – the new 2011 Continental Supersports Convertible – during the New York Motor Show this week. The newest addition to the Continental model range features a 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that is capable of running on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol, making it both powerful and environmentally conscious.

The new, muscular four-seat Supersports Convertible will be priced from $280,400 when it arrives at Bentley retailers this summer. Unmistakably Bentley in its design and craftsmanship, its interior signifies a dramatic re-interpretation of Bentley luxury. Satin-finished carbon fiber, Alcantara™ and ‘Soft Grip’ leather create a unique ambience with a distinctly sporting and contemporary style.

The entire 2011 Continental model range, including the new Supersports Convertible, will be capable of running on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol, or any combination of the two, reaffirming Bentley’s ongoing commitment to make all its cars biofuel compatible by 2012. Pioneered by the Supersports Coupe, this FlexFuel technology offers a reduction of up to 70 percent in CO2 emissions on a ‘well-to-wheel’ basis, a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions.

“The new Supersports Convertible is the most powerful drop-top we’ve ever produced,” said Christophe Georges, President & Chief Operating Officer for Bentley Motors, Inc. “This extreme power combines with pioneering FlexFuel technology, now shared with all Continental models, reflecting Bentley’s ongoing commitment to more environmental motoring.”

The New Continental Supersports Convertible – At a Glance

The fastest, most potent drop-top Bentley ever

-6-liter W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine produces 621bhp at 6,000 rev/min and 590lb ft of torque at 2,000-4,500 rev/min

-0 – 60mph in 3.9 seconds

-0 -100mph in 9.6 seconds

-Top speed of 202mph

-Overall weight saving of 198 lbs versus GTC Speed

A highly focused, extreme Bentley convertible driving experience

-Revised ZF 6HP26 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by 50 percent and enables double downshifts

-New 40/60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering’

-Retuned Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system, stiffer suspension bushes and uprated rear anti-roll bar benefit body control, steering response, turn-in and balance

-Increased 2-inch rear track improves grip and stability

-Lightweight, 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels offer 22 lbs weight saving per car, reducing unsprung and rotating mass and improving brake cooling

-275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires

-Advanced ESP system fully exploits potential of the powerful W12 engine and improved chassis

-Standard-fit carbon-ceramic brakes provide fade-free braking and contribute a 44 lb reduction in rotating and unsprung mass from the front axle

Muscular yet elegant styling with four-seat practicality

-Form follows function: distinctive center air intake and vertical grilles feed larger volume of air (+ ten percent) to turbocharger intercoolers while bonnet vents extract hot air from engine bay

-Subtly curved rear wheel arches with newly tooled side panels accommodate increased rear track of the uprated chassis and provide muscular stance

-Distinctive ‘smoked steel finish’ to all exterior ‘brightware,’ including the first automotive application of ‘Physical Vapor Deposition’ to stainless steel

-Larger, twin elliptical exhaust tailpipes and rear valance with discreet vertical divider

-Fixed rear boot lid spoiler for improved aerodynamics

-Unique driver-focused, four-seat cabin

-Lightweight, carbon fiber, front sports seats, saving 99 lbs per car

-Alcantara™, carbon fiber and ‘Soft Grip’ leather provide a new interpretation of Bentley craftsmanship

The standardization of FlexFuel capability across the 2011 Continental model range reaffirms Bentley’s on-going environmental commitment

-FlexFuel available on all 2011 Continental models, including the new Supersports Convertible, from June 2010

-All Continental models are now capable of running on gasoline and E85 biofuel or any combination of the two

-Power and torque remain constant whatever the ratio of gasoline to E85 biofuel

-A Fuel Quality Sensor detects the blending ratio of the fuel in real time sending a signal to the engine control unit (ECU), initiating the correct engine mapping. This ensures all performance parameters remain balanced and consistent

-Offers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 70 percent (well-to-wheel,) a measure of a fuel’s net contribution to the atmosphere, not just tailpipe emissions

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