The ponderous Bentley Supersports claims it's lost weight

The undeniably gorgeous Bentley Continental Supersports convertible will appear in Geneva this week after recently setting an Ice-speed record on the frozen plains of the Baltic Sea. The question is whether it’s new titanium frame has managed to trim down the bombshell’s three-ton curb weight.

It is a stunningly designed and crafted vehicle that much like a Hollywood starlet it is eminently approachable, but nearly impossible to possess.

Only 100 of the Limited, lighter-weight vehicles will be built. One or two will be trotted out for the paparazzi in Geneva this week.

The company is rightfully proud of the 6-liter, 621-bhp engine that will propel you from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds – that is quick. However, that many horses could well catapult you across the landscape like a rocket sled if not for the extreme density of this vehicle.

Of course, no rocket-car is as pretty or desirable as this open-air convertible.

Remarkably, the Supersports gets a combined mileage rating of 17-mpg, with only 11-mpg in town but an impressive 24.3-mpg on the open road. That says something about the advanced engineering of the W-12 engine.

Bentley is also quite proud the vehicle is flex-fuel capable – a concept that seems to have fallen from favor here in the U.S. though flex-fuel vehicles still sell very well in Brazil and in Europe to a lesser extent.

It is also notable that Juna Kankkunen got the convertible (presumably with the triple-wall soft-top closed) up to 205.48 mph on the ice of the Baltic, one of very few places you can travel that speed safely. It is still a significant achievement.

It is also impressive this is an all-wheel-drive vehicle – something you’ll doubtless appreciate should you find yourself careening across a frozen lake at 200-mph somewhere in the U.S. in the beautiful Bentley.


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