Bentley has decided to go green, and the fabulously white coupe you see above is how they’ve done it: “a muscular two-seater that delivers supercar performance and a highly focused driving experience.” Sounds green so far, right? It’s called the Continental Supersports, and the marque from Crewe hasn’t merely pulled out all the stops… they created a few extra stops, just so they could pull them out as well.
Under the hood is the Supersports’ main event: the most powerful engine Bentley has ever created, it is a 621 brake horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque, E85-capable W12 that pulls the ghostly looking thing to 60 in just – ready for this? – 3.7 seconds. The engine is fitted with sensors to monitor how much gasoline and/or ethanol is being used, and power and torque stay constant no matter what the ratio is. Speaking of torque, all of it is available at the low, low rpm of 1,750. In case there’s a Polaris rocket in the next lane you need to teach a few lessons.
While that engine might take the title card, there is a massively full undercard as well. That 3.7-second 0-to-60 flip is not only about the engine, it’s about the fact that the car is 110 pounds lighter than its 4-seater brethren. The Supersports has rear deck where back seats once resided, and it has also scored a raft of weight-saving components like the wheels and those carbon fiber thrones. It also benefits from Quickshift, which halves gear change times.
Of course, there are a gaggle of additional details, but you don’t need us to tell you about it. There’s a detailed press release after the jump, and a gallery of high-res photos below. If this is the future of green, *ahem,*