• Mar 13, 2010
2010 Bentley Continental Supersports – Click above for high-res image gallery

It may not be the most interesting news you read all week, but we now have a date at which all Bentley Continentals will be able to gulp down whiskey with the best of 'em: June.( Well, not exactly whiskey, but ethanol's pretty close.) Bentley had made the announcement (sans date) at the Geneva Motor Show when it showed off the Continental Supersports Convertible.

This move as a big first step toward reaching Bentley's stated goal of offering an entirely biofuel-capable lineup by 2012. In its latest form, as seen in the Continental Supersports, Bentley's twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 offers up 621 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That's sufficient to push the Conti to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and onto to a top speed of 202 mph.

As the Continental family is easily Bentley's most popular offering, this means that over half of all cars the brand sells this year will be flex-fuel-compatible. For those keeping track, the Brooklands coupe (which will soon be discontinued), Azure convertible and the soon-to-be-released Mulsanne sedan (the replacement for the long-running Arnage) are still not yet biofuel capable. According to Automotive News, however, the Mulsanne will be E85-capable shortly after its launch later this year.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req'd]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Big fracken deal.

      E85 is a scam anyways, and the conversion process to get a "normal" gas engine to work on it isn't all that complex. But when it comes right down to it, there are few places to fill up on E85 and whatever you save on fuel costs, we ALL end up paying for because of higher food costs.

      To put into perspective how much of a joke this is, the ENTIRE states of NY and FL have only about 20 refueling stations each that carry E85. CA has about a dozen, and TX has under 50.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Big deal... GM has had this in their cars and trucks for YEARS now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My Tahoe has this and I am yet to see an E85 station anywhere nor do I know if it is worth the time. Taking a trip next week, will have to look for a station and see if it is worth it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've been working on a paper dealing with alternate fuel vehicles and I found this article on E85 vs. Gasoline in a Flexfuel Tahoe, I was kinda surprised by the results. Granted, the article is going on three years old, but I think the results still apply

        http://www.edmunds.com/advice/alternativefuels/articles/120863/article.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        EXACTLY. I was about to say: "flex Fuel? what's that"

        I've never seen one of those stations.

        these automakers would be smarter to simply make better GDI engines that can properly combust regular 87 octane fuel without pinging. "Flex Fuel" is a wasted effort cause ethanol is too expensive to produce.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Awesome read, thanks!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I noticed a lot of people I talked with assumed it was a hybrid with the FlexFuel logo on it, which surprised me. I guess as car buffs we know what it means, but I bet you it makes the average public perception of Chevy as "clean vehicles" go up. I don't even know anyone who uses E85, but I will watch for it on my 1200 mile journey next week.
      • 4 Years Ago
      either give all cars "flex fuel" capability or don't. if all cars had it, then those silly "flex fuel" badges (that imply some kind of environmental frienndliness) could finally disappear. i suppose its nice for those who want the option of using a fuel that can give the car more power, but stop toting it as better for the environment or as a good alternative to fossil fuels, because it is neither.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about time. I've been waiting to buy my next Bentley based on this. My wait is finally over!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great - it will run on government subsidized corn juice which costs more energy to create than it delivers.