Bentley Motors, part of the Volkswagen Group, has just announced the release of the Bentley Continental Supersports -- a car that they're calling, "the fastest and most powerful Bentley ever." That says a lot when you're talking about a company that has a 90-year history...a history that includes a long list of Grand Touring cars, ultra luxury cars and several outright race cars.
In the early part of the 20th century, Bentley cars were known for their speed and superior performance. Of course, they remain just as strong today, but they're typically better known as symbols of style and elegance.
The new Continental Supersports model is said to offer prospective buyers 621 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque from a 6-liter, twin-turbocharged, W12 engine that rockets the 4,939-pound car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, according to the Bentley Motors press release.
Now, if you pay attention to these types of things, you may be thinking to yourself, "That seems in line with what Bentley Motors is already producing. What's the big deal?" And you're right; Bentley Motors does create big, sleek powerful cars with enormous amounts of horsepower and torque on-tap. In fact, 600 horsepower isn't really breaking news to current Bentley owners, as the company already has several models that boast that kind of power. So, what's the angle here?
The Continental Supersports can run on biofuel (E85 to be exact) making it the first FlexFuel Bentley.
So Bentley is "going green," right? Well, not everyone is sold on this idea. AutoblogGreen blogger Sam Abuelsamid said in a recent post, "If this car is actually run on E85, the net well-to-wheel emissions of CO2 will certainly be reduced compared to running it on gasoline, but this car is by no means green. If Bentley is really serious about reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the company would be pursuing more aggressive changes than simply going flex-fuel."
So, is the latest Bentley truly supposed to be an eco-friendly green machine? Right now, that depends on who you ask.