New Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible: Fastest Four-Seater Cabrio in the World

This here is the all-new Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible that follows the introduction of its coupe sibling in 2009. Set to be officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, it is billed as the fastest and most powerful drop-top Bentley ever produced as well as the quickest four-seat convertible in the world.

The convertible model features the same twin-turbocharged W12 engine found on the Continental Supersports Coupe. It produces 630 horsepower (621bhp) at 6,000 rpm and 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque at 2,000-4,500 rpm, and it is capable of running on both gasoline and E85 bioethanol or any combination of the two.

Power is channeled to all four wheels through a strengthened ZF 6HP26 transmission with a 'Quickshift' system that is said to reduce shift times by 50% while also enabling double downshifts.

Bentley says that the soft-top Supersports model accelerates from standstill to 60mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds), to 100mph in 9.6 seconds (0-160km/h in 9.5 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 202mph or 325km/h.

Like its coupe counterpart, the Continental Supersports Convertible features revised suspension, steering and ESP settings, a 40/60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system, carbon-ceramic brakes, slightly blistered rear wheel arches to accommodate the wider tracks and 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels shod in 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires.

Same goes for the interior that has been upgraded with carbon fibre front sports seats, special materials and trim options. However, unlike the coupe, the convertible model keeps the rear seats.

Sales of the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible are expected to start in the autumn.