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Bentley Continental Supersports - click above for high-res image gallery

At the Geneva Motor Show in March, Bentley unveiled its fastest most powerful road car in its 90 year history in the form of the Continental Supersports. Besides significantly reducing the weight of the existing Continental GT, the Supersports marked the first step of Bentley's move reduce its carbon dioxide emissions, in this case through the use of ethanol as a fuel for the 6.0-liter twelve-cylinder engine.

The Supersports is the first flex-fuel vehicle from the British luxury marque. At this month's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley asked repeat Le Mans winner Derek Bell to spend the weekend ferrying lucky passengers up the hillclimb course in a prototype at elevated speeds. While we couldn't be there to experience the ride for ourselves, Bentley has just released the next best thing – a gallery of high-res images and a video that you can check out after the jump.



[Source: Bentley]

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PRESS RELEASE:

Watch the Bentley Continental Supersports fly with Derek Bell

15 July, 2009
(Crewe, 15 July 2009) The Bentley Continental Supersports, the fastest and most powerful car in the company's 90-year history, received the ultimate examination of its supercar handling and performance credentials when Le Mans racing legend and honorary 'Bentley Boy' Derek Bell spent the weekend driving the 621bhp Bentley at pace during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The muscular two-seater, which delivers a 0-60mph sprint time of just 3.7 seconds and a maximum top speed of 204mph, produced a series of searing runs up the Goodwood Hill with Bell regularly pushing the car well-over the 100mph mark on a highly challenging course renowned for its narrow road and succession of tight corners and bends.

Designed and built at Bentley's Crewe headquarters, the Continental Supersports combines extreme performance with the pioneering use of FlexFuel technology in the luxury sector. The 6-litre W12 twin-turbocharged engine is capable of running on either petrol, E85 biofuel or any combination of these fuel sources.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The original press and car show photos weren't flattering, but out in it's natural habitat (or at least what should be) I actually like it. It's not as pretentious as the regular car, a little more raw looking like an old W.O. Bentley.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's that road-hugging weight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Excellent sound.

      This is more like what Bentley should be doing. This car brings them close to their roots, what Bentleys used to be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car seems kind of pointless to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to admit I do love this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gloves and then no gloves...

      We were watching two different runs...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That just gave me some good wood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice car, nice acceleration, nice sound!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How many acres of straw (hay?) does it take to line that track? Must be gubmint subsidized.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Derek Bell - I thought he played baseball? J/K Good old operation shut down. LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very impressive. I wonder if it could run with an M3 on a track.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It doesn't seem like physics should rightly allow anything that size to move that quickly in anything other than a straight line. Well done Bentley. Well done.
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