Bentley is producing a limited run of Continental Supersports to commemorate Bentley Racing’s third attempt at taming the “Green Hell.” Bentley Team M-Sport and Bentley Team ABT, Bentley’s customer team in the ADAC series were competing in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring, which has been given its affectionate nickname because of how difficult the course and the race really are.
The race did not go as well as Bentley had hoped, but still, the team showed tenacity and finished strong. Attrition took out the #37 Bentley halfway through the race. The #36 car, which was driven by Bentley’s works drivers, lost considerable time when a drive shaft failed unexpectedly. Bentley Team M-Sport’s mechanics were quick to repair the brilliantly red B-car, but the team lost over 15 minutes of valuable time. The third Bentley, Continental GT3 #38, finished in 16th position after turning in a solid, albeit off-pace performance.
To mark the occasion of the 24 hour-long race, Bentley has released 24 copies of its recently announced Bentley Continental Supersports in limited edition colors. Called the Continental 24, the 700 hp coupes are only available in Europe.
The cars are distinguished from other Supersports by unique duotone paint that reflects the paint schemes of the race cars: Monaco Yellow over Black Crystal or St. James Red over Black Crystal. The Supersports black wheels can be finished with yellow or red accents to match the paint. Black brake rotors and blacked out trim complete the aggressive looking exterior.
Inside the Continental 24, you immediately notice that the car has something a little extra in it. The seats are trimmed in leather and Alcantara. The Supersports can be specified with three interior colors, versus two on the standard Continental. In the 24, all that leather and Alcantara is matched with carbon fiber on the dash, trim and tread plates. “Continental 24” is stitched into the headrests and noted on the door sills. All together, the package gives the car an aggressive and racy look.
As mentioned, the car has 700hp from a beefed up bottom end and more boost from enlarged twin turbos. Power is delivered to the all four wheels via a ZF eight speed automatic transmission. 60 mph arrives in 3.4 seconds and the car tops out at 209 mph.
The car’s livery is very controversial. When I showed it to some current owners, they were less than impressed with its bold colors. There is a fix though. For those customers that wanted a limited edition car but with more subdued look, the 24 can be specified in a monochromatic paint scheme. For a truly rare car (Bentley is only building 710 Supersports in total,) the European-only Continental 24 may fit the bill. Crewe is accepting orders now with prices starting around $281,750.