2017 Bentley Continental Supersports

It will be a final swansong to the current second-generation Continental GT, which launched in 2011, ahead of an all-new version arriving in 2018.

The Continental Supersports is powered by the familiar W12 engine which has been beefed up yet again through higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised cooling system which create more boost and additional power. These revisions result in an increase of 79bhp and 217Nm over the 2009 Supersports model.

Like the GT3-R, the Supersports features a brake-based torque vectoring system. Other modifications include a lowered and stiffened suspension, carbon ceramic brakes, and carbon fiber aerodynamic kit. Bentley claims those carbon bits helped trim down curb weight by about 80 pounds compared to the GT Speed. The Supersports will be offered in coupe or convertible form and the former is available with a GT3-R-inspired fixed rear spoiler.

Opting for the convertible also imposes a significant price penalty, with the convertible, priced at $325,325, costing nearly $30,000 more than the coupe, which is priced at $296,025. (Both prices are before the imposition of the gas-guzzler tax that applies to these cars.) It’s unlikely that either price will be of much import to those looking to own the pinnacle of the current Continental range.

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