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New Bentley ‘Ice Speed Record’ Supersports

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You may remember we reported back in February that Juha Kankkunen had broken the ice speed record driving a
modified Continental Supersports
. This is how Bentley are celebrating: with 100 ridiculously
fast road-going ISR (for Ice Speed
Record) editions.

It’s called the Mulliner, and it’s the most powerful Bentley ever built.
And, as Bentley would have it, somewhat understating the case: “it’s the most
radically styled Bentley convertible ever”.

Good stuff first.

It’s got Bentley’s
FlexFuel 6-litre, twin turbo W12 engine, which runs on either petrol, E85
bio-ethanol (means less emissions) or any mixture of the two. It produces
631 bhp, which gets it to 60mph in 3.8 seconds and 100mph in 9.5.  Considering it weighs 2850kg – roughly
the same as a cathedral – that’s absolutely staggering performance.

Inside, it’s been
plastered with diamond-quilted Alcantara on the door cards and rear passenger
side panels. There’s also special carbon fibre trim with a racey red weave
framing the other niceties you’d expect in a Bentley, including an eight-inch
infotainment screen.

Now the bad.

Those stickers. We could
live with red diamond-cut 20-inch wheels and silly accenty bits around the air
intake scoops, but those graphics are irredeemably naff. The GT3 RS just about gets away with it, but a Bentley?

Still, the non-Mulliner
Continental Supersports ISR, launched at the Geneva motor show back in
March, is just as fast and it doesn’t have the stickers. It’s got the same
colour options - Beluga, Quartzite and Arctica White – and you get all-black
wheels instead of the red ones. You don’t even have to pay extra - both versions
cost a paltry £189,300.

Which would you rather have?

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