Bentley are taking the Bentley Continental Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ Convertible Limited Edition to Geneva. More power and lots of red detailing.
We reported last week on the very impressive world ice speed record set by Juha Kankkunen in the Bentley SuperSports Convertible. An amazing feat to manage more than 205mph on ice. We even had video of the SuperSports Convertible flying across the ice in Finland.
Now comes the cashing-in on that amazing feat – the Bentley Continental Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ Convertible. And who can blame Bentley? What’s the point of doing something so spectacular if you can’t cash in a bit?
So we get a limited edition of the Supersports, with just 100 ‘Ice Record’ Convertibles being built and on show for the first time at Geneva next week.
The 6.0 litre W12 in the Ice Speed SuperSports delivers 631bhp and 590lb/ft of torque, which does beg the question, “Did the Bentley Supersports fly across the ice at 205mph, or did it just move the planet beneath?”
That amount of power will send the Ice Speed Record Convertible to 60mph in 3.8 seconds, 0-100mph in 9.5 seconds and 50-70mph in 2.5 seconds. The extra oomph comes from a bit of tweaking including free-breathing intakes, intercooler and exhaust system.
The Supersports Ice also gets a touch of cosmetic tweaking. There are three paint jobs on offer – Beluga, Quartzite and Arctica White, all with red-accented detailing – and all with a dark grey soft top with a semi-transparent metallic look in a twill weave construction.
The red detailing carries over to the 20″, ten-spoke alloys and the requisite ‘Ice Speed Record’ motifs on the sides and round the bonnet louvres.
The ‘Ice Speed Record’ also gets the interior treatment, with diamond-quilted Alcantara on the doors, quarter panels and seat facings and soft-grip leather on the steering wheel.
There’s high-gloss carbon fibre on the dashboard, centre console and roof panel with – you’ve guessed it – red weave highlights. The red continues with piping on the seats and doors and contrast stitching to the seats, door casings, steering wheel and gearshift paddles.
Bentley has also, sensibly, made the Ice Speed Record Supersports a nice place to be, and not the stripped-out Bentley the original Supersports Coupe was. And how much is this new, special edition Ice Speed Record Supersports? No idea.
But we’ll find out at Geneva.