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2013 Bentley Continental Supersports 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.
Overview
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  
Turbocharged
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 Convertible Standard Equipment

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