Even the purveyor of the gas hog six-and-three-quarters-liter V-8 is now joining the green movement. The Bentley Continental Supersports you see here is powered by E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline), thus Bentley Motors' one and only claim to eco-friendliness thus far.
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
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 ethanol can be produced without using fresh ears of corn. Scientists and clean energy companies are springing up that can turn garbage - yes, nasty old municipal waste - into cellulosic ethanol. While nascent, these new technologies are promising; perhaps you will one day be able to waft your 612-hp W12 Bentley Continental Supersports to the Oscars and back with neither guilt towards nor hatred from the Hollywood Prius-driving set.