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Bentley Continental Supersports: The fastest four-seater

With a top speed of 209 miles per hour and 700 horsepower from its W12 engine, the new Bentley Continental Supersports lays claim to the title of fastest four seat car.

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Bentley announced the Continental Supersports at the beginning of this year, and its 700 horsepower immediately invited inappropriate comparison to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

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Unlike the Dodge, the Continental Supersports is a high-end luxury car, with limited production numbers.

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The model's heritage goes back to the 1920s, when Bentley released a Supersports version of its 3-liter car that could hit over 100 mph.

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The Continental Supersports builds on the Continental model that Bentley introduced in 2003.

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As with other Continental models, the Supersports comes with standard all-wheel-drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and an adaptive suspension with four settings.

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The Continental Supersports will be available as a convertible, shown here, or a coupe.

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Bentley gives the Supersports some unique styling elements, such as black exterior accents.

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Carbon fiber hood vent inserts come as part of the Supersports package.

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The 6-liter W12 engine uses dual twin-scroll turbochargers to produce 700 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque.

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These 21-inch wheels are also standard.

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Although an impressive and noteworthy beast of a car, the Continental model shows its age, and could do with some lightweighting and modern electronics.

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