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2010 Bentley Continental Supersports

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A three-quarter front view of a 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports

In short: A fast, fast, fast, and fun coupe.

Bentley Continental Review

This car reaches 60 miles per hour more quickly than you can say its name. Yes, the Bentley Continental Supersports has a long name, but 3.7 seconds is, well, very, very fast. There is practically no purpose for this racer-at-heart on a day-to-day basis in a civilized world, although it ought to come in handy in a James Bond-style pursuit, and these don't occur every day. It's a feel good car for the very rich and famous. You are sure to be noticed in your hood as the gentle purr at idle becomes some serious roaring with increasing revolutions of the twin-turbocharged, specially tweaked, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12-cylinder motor. Our tester came in fiery St. James red, which turned quite a few heads, but playing with the configurator on Bentley's website, we concluded that aquamarine would suit us and that we definitely wanted to stay away from Paris Hilton's pink selection pictured below.

The year was 1919 when Walter Owen Bentley introduced the Supersports with a green badge to differentiate it from the other 3-liter engine that had a red badge. This was then; now all Bentleys come with a black badge, but none are quite as fast as this stallion—not even the Continental GT Speed. That's because this very special limited production has shed a lot of weight (200 pounds). You have to move the carbon fiber seats yourself as they did away with the electric motor; and speaking of seats, the rear ones are gone altogether. There is a purpose-installed suspension giving you a glide effect on the one hand but superior handling on the other with all four wheels working. Just like its originally French cousin the Bugatti, Italian cousin the Lamborghini and its always-German cousin the Porsche, this British legend lives under the Volkswagen roof and that's a very good thing: just drive the car. Although still assembled in Crewe, England, critical components come from across the Channel. The nose has an aggressive stance, announcing something special, whereas the lines on the side and the back are similar to the GT. Unlike other supercars or exotics, you get a full trunk and that's great if you are in a hurry for a weekend escape. No need to FedEx your luggage ahead of schedule as you had to do with your F430 or C8 Spyder. Then again, you can drive it daily and keep decibels and fuel consumption lower.

To date, this is the fastest Bentley ever made...and all of us would agree, there is no price for that. And guess what—it comes with Biofuel capability and you can run ethanol with no power degradation. So if you hate the new top vodka you just purchased, just pour it into the tank and your neighbors will love you for a clean-burning and nice-smelling set of wheels. Better yet, take them for a ride and when you are done with them, come by and get us, as we would not mind another go at it.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/unlimited mile basic; 3-year/unlimited mile drivetrain; 3-year/unlimited mile roadside; 3-year/unlimited mile rust.

Base Price: $267,000 / As tested: $273,515

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Engine: 6.0 liter, twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder Bentley engine
Horsepower: 621 bhp
Torque: 590 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,500 rpm
Transmission: ZF 6-speed automatic "quickshift" transmission

Curb weight:

Turning circle: n/a

ventilated disc brakes with ABS; brake force distribution; brake assist
Suspension: air suspension with manual driver adjustment for ride height and damper settings

Traction: electronic stability program with traction control

0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds
Top Speed: 204 mph

EPA City:
12 mpg
EPA Highway: 19 mpg

driver and passenger front airbags with "SMART" passenger sensing system; front and rear compartment side curtain airbags

Likes: energy, sound, handling, power, feel
Dislikes: shift paddle design (we had to say something)


A three-quarter front view of Paris' pink Bentley Continental GT

Posh, Pink, and Paris
Hotel heiress/professional party girl Paris Hilton proves that turbocharged supercars aren't just toys for boys with her playfully pink Bentley Continental GT. Along with the custom pink paintjob, Paris also had the car paparazzi-proofed with a protective window tint designed to keep camera flashes out. Cute looks and cool details aside, if you see this fun and flirty coupe out on the road, you may want to get the heck out of its way!

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