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Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

New: The ultimate droptop Continental ushers out the current-generation car in style.

Noteworthy: As the Continental nears retirement (look for its replacement at this fall's Paris auto show), the last of the special variants, the ultra-hard-core Supersports, migrates to the convertible. As a coupe, it was a two-seater (to save weight); here, the rear seats remain. Again there's an awesome, 621-hp twin-turbo W-12; black, twenty-inch wheels; a lowered suspension; and racing-style seats upholstered in quilted Alcantara. Sure, an open car contradicts the Supersports mission, but it's really all about exclusivity-and maintaining interest until the new Continentals arrive.

On sale: Now
BASE PRICE: $285,595
Specs: 6.0L twin-turbo W-12, 621 hp, 590 lb-ft; 4-wheel drive

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The last of the current Contis is visually arresting, but we'd wait for its successor, which should be out later this year.

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