Bentley Continental GT Supersports Goes Green; Wait, What?

February 25, 2009

So here you have it, folks - even the purveyor of the gas hog six-and-three-quarters-liter V-8 is now joining the green movement. We showed you a tease of this new supercar a few weeks back, and speculated on just what Bentley would be doing underhood to arrive claims of greenness, but now we know for sure that E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline) is the reason for Bentley's claim of eco-friendliness.

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

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This vehicle will be dubbed the Bentley Continental Supersports, and here are the specs:

  • 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 with 621hp and 590 lb-ft torque
  • claimed 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, 0-100 in 8.9
  • Top speed of 204 mph
  • fueled by E85, 100 percent gasoline, or any combination thereof
  • CO2 reduction of up to 70 percent
  • revised "quickshift" transmission said to cut shift times by 50 percent and enable double-downshifts
  • exotic carbon-ceramic brakes (Bentley claims largest and most powerful ever fitted to any production car)
  • 243 lbs. lighter than the Continental GT Speed
  • 2-inch wider rear track

Bentley Continental Supersports

Bentley Continental Supersports

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Alas, the folks at Crewe didn't get the memo that ethanol is on its way out as the biofuel - or eco-technology - of choice. At least in the U.S., cries of food chain disruption and poor energy density have made it very unpopular next to gasoline/electric hybrids and even fuel-sipping clean diesels.

But wait a minute, ye ethanol haters; ethanol can be produced without using fresh ears of corn. Mad scientists and new energy companies are springing up that can turn garbage - yes, nasty old municipal waste - into cellulosic ethanol. These processes are nascent, but they are promising, and with the U.S. government finally on board (or so they say), perhaps you will one day be able to waft your 612-hp W12 Bentley Continental Supersports to the Oscars and back with neither guilt nor hatred from the hollywood Prius-driving set.

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