In a new strategy to better retain the interest of its wealthy clientele, Bentley is pursuing an 18-month new product launch cycle. The schedule will spawn additional variants of exisitng models such as the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, which is a variant of the Supersports coupe, which is also a variant of the Continental GT.
Bentley's internal research determined that customers drive their Bentleys for just 12 to 18 months on average before the itch for a new ride settles in. Furthermore, when Bentley offered both coupe and convertible bodystyles of the same model many customers bought both, demonstrating a demand for more choices regardless of their lack of diversity.
As part of their PR push Bentley has released new pictures and a promotional video of the Continental Supersports Convertible.
Originally unveiled the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Continental Supersports Convertible features a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine with 630 PS (621 bhp / 463 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. Backed up by all-wheel drive (with a 40/60 rear basis) and a Quickshift transmission, the CSC accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, before topping out at 202 mph (325 km/h).
In terms of styling, the Continental Supersports Convertible is virtually identical to the Continental Supersports Coupe. Goodies include 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, a ventilated hood, tinted headlights, and massive carbon-ceramic brakes. Inside, the cabin boasts carbon-fiber trim, sport seats, and leather / Alcantara upholstery.
The Continental Supersports Convertible is priced at $280,400 in the U.S. with a market launch in the fall, one year after the Supersports coupe was launched.