Bentley’s most powerful convertible ever – the Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ model – is debuting at the Geneva Motor Show this month.
The special-edition model is a celebration of the marque breaking the world ice speed record on February 15 when world rally champion Juha Kankkunen reached a speed of 205.48mph in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible on the frozen Baltic Sea off the coast of Finland. Kankkunen broke his former ice speed record of 199.83mph, set in 2007.
The Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ Convertible is limited to just 100 cars worldwide is powered by a 6-litre, twin turbo-charged W12 engine capable of producing 631bhp – certainly enough horses to pull you across the ice at record-breaking speeds and enough to take you from 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds and to 100mph from a standing start in 9.5. This extra engine power comes from Bentley’s work in fine-tuning the Continental engine to optimise the benefits of new free-breathing air intake ducts, intercooler system and the exhaust system.
The new model features a number of flamboyant style touches including ‘stand out’ exterior paint colours matched with a ‘metallic look’ for the soft top and 20inch, 10-spoke wheels with a dark tint finish.
Wolfgang Duerheimer, Bentley’s new Chairman and Chief Executive, said: ‘Juha Kankkunen’s drive was a remarkable achievement and worthy of a very special car. The Continental Supersports “Ice Speed Record” is a true driver’s car that captures that unique Bentley spirit. It offers extreme performance, agility and an extrovert personality, while retaining the refinement, handcrafted luxury and comfort our customers expect.’
The Bentley Supersports 'Ice Speed Record' model is available for £189,300. bentleymotors.com