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2013 Bentley Continental Supersports Base Convertible

2013 Bentley Continental Supersports Review

(0 Stars)  Sometimes less equals more.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
A twin-turbo V-8 engine and an eight-speed automatic are newly available on the GT coupe and the GTC convertible, and a new GT Speed edition has the distinction of being the fastest production Bentley ever. There are still a few examples floating around of the overpriced, limited-edition Supersports convertible/Ice Speed Record (ISR) model based on the last-gen ragtop.
Bentley’s Continental two-doors (coupe and convertible) have been closely identified with their 6.0-liter W-12 engine, but 2013 brings a reduction in cylinder count with a newly available V-8 that sacrifices little in performance and increases driving range to 500 miles via improved fuel economy and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s only about 0.2 second slower to 60 mph and has a top speed of 186 mph. The V-8 coupe and convertible, at $176,725 and $195,125 respectively, cost twenty grand less than their V-12 counterparts. Like the long-serving W-12, the Audi-sourced V-8 engine uses twin turbochargers to create stratospheric levels of power and torque. This translates to effortless acceleration at any speed. The interiors of the V-8 models are just as sybaritic as those of the twelve-cylinder cars, and the exteriors differ only subtly: look for red “B” badges in the wheels, different exhaust tips, and a blackened grille and front fascia. This year also sees the reintroduction of the GT Speed coupe, Bentley’s fastest-ever production car, with a top speed of 205 mph, thanks to a 616-hp version of the W-12. The Speed also adapts the eight-speed ZF transmission from the V-8 models (the standard Conti W-12 makes do with the old six-speed), and it carries about a $22,000 price premium, at $217,725. Speed never comes cheap.

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2013 Continental Supersports Base Convertible Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 6.0L W12 DOHC and variable valve timing
E85 / premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 8 MPG city, 14 MPG highway, 10 MPG combined and 238 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
23.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 621 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 590 ft lb of torque @ 1,700 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:
Secondary power: 621 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 590 lb ft @ 1,700 rpm

'13 Bentley Base Convertible Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Memory
Rear Spoiler
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Brake Assist
Daytime Running Lights
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Headlight Wiper/Washers
Heated Outside Mirrors
HID Headlights
Memory Mirrors
Rear Fog Lights
Stability Control
Traction Control
Heated Front Seats
Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Satellite Radio
Self-Leveling Suspension
Sport Suspension
Blue Tooth Compatible
Homelink Universal Transmitter
Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
Alloy Wheels
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