Earlier this year if you remember, Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen drove a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible at 205.48 mph on the frozen Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland. Another day in the office you might say, for someone who’s lived on the edge of mortal danger throughout most of his career.
Bentley were pretty chuffed about it though, and built the new Continental Supersports Convertible ISR (Ice Speed Record) to mark the achievement.
The 6-litre, twin turbo-charged W12 engine in the Supersports Convertible ISR, produces 631 bhp – the most powerful Bentley ever – and a whopping 590lb ft of torque. Paired with a Quickshift six-speed automatic transmission, it launches the convertible ‘Ice Speed Record’ model from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.0s) and reaches 100 mph from a standing start in only 9.5 seconds (0-160 km/h in 9.4s).
The car went on sale shortly after its debut at the Geneva motor show last month at £189,300 (inclusive of VAT), and Bentley will produced just 100 examples of the ISR from its Crewe factory.
For those customers seeking to make more of a song and dance about the ISR’s high performance credentials, Bentley now offers a special ISR Mulliner design package as a no cost option.
The 20” 10-spoke Supersports wheels can be specified in a vibrant red paint with a diamond turned finish to produce a lustrous metallic contrast. The dual-louvered dark bonnet vents, unique to Supersports models, are complemented by red accent surrounds, whilst the extrovert Mulliner design is completed with a set of bold of Supersports ISR graphics that run down both flanks of the car.
The rest of the car remains as per the regular ISR, which means an extrovert and muscular design with a leather and Alcantara-lined cabin featuring high-gloss carbon fibre with a unique red weave. Unlike the record breaking car driven by Kankkunen, the production ISR is no ‘stripped out’ racer – there’s a highly-advanced touchscreen infotainment system from the new Continental GT that provides rich map imagery and a 30GB on-board hard drive, plus all the luxuries you’d expect of flagship Bentley.
Just don’t expect to travel around inconspicuously.