With the introduction of the 2014 GT or GTC Speed, Bentley is nearing the completion of the second-generation Continental lineup. Next up is the high-powered Supersports coupe and convertible, which could pack 650 hp, if this new report is correct.
Autocar says that the new Bentley Continental Supersports would add about 30 hp on top of the recently-launched Continental GT and GTC Speed models. That means an output of around 640-650 hp for the next Supersports. The last-generation of the range-topping Continentals was good for 631 hp. An output of 650 hp would place the new Supersports perfectly in Bentley's lineup: above the 616-hp Speed but below the upcoming street version of the 675-plus-hp GT3. Performance figures will most likely best those of the old Supersports (pictured here); that car sprinted from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and to 100 mph in 9.5 seconds. Expect to see the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 and eight-speed automatic found in other Continentals to be the powertrain of choice here, too.
The report also states that the engineers from Crewe would look into reducing curb weight for the 2015 Continental Supersports, as well as improving overall performance. Expect to see weight-saving techniques like carbon fiber construction, composite seats, and a deletion of the rear chairs. Autocar was told that "There is a limit to how much power can sensibly be extracted, so the Supersports wouldn’t be all about pure power."
Another change in the Supersports ethos this time around is that, unlike the last car that was a short-lived halo model at the end of the first generation, the second-generation car would be an integrated part of the Continental lineup. That means it would be on sale for the entire lifecycle of the current range.