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Bentley's monster conversion

2010-05-07 07:10
Bentley’s Continental range offers crushing power, its range topping Supersports derivative is after all the company’s fastest car ever.

Available in three states of tune (with the Supersports model boasting 463kW), the VW funded 6l W12 engine is hardly in need of additional tuning – or is it?

Well, Germany’s Wheelsandmore has done its name justice and added a lot more to the Bentley Continental offering than just outrageous 21-inch wheels with its conversion, the Ultrasports 702.

Weird name, very skilled

Based near the French border in the village of Baesweiler, Wheelsandmore specialises in bespoke, dynamic conversions for top-line European performance cars.

For the new Continental Ultrasports package power is boosted to a neat imperial 702 horsepower, courtesy of a recalibrated ECU module which applies more liberal control parameters to the boost regime of the W12’s dual turbochargers.

A newfangled handmade exhaust system (stainless steel in structure and housing remote controlled butterfly valves) ensures the unique W12 acoustic signature is enhanced and does its bit to boost power to 516kW and peak rotational force to 880Nm. Those outputs are good for a top speed of 336km/h, which sets the Wheelsandmore Ultrasports properly into supercar territory.

Clever little details

Although the Continental’s six-speed ZF transmission is hardly burdened by the increased power outputs, the additional top end performance (okay, so it’s only 8km/h swifter than a regular Supersports) did require the fitment of a LowMaXX lowering module.

This neat little damper control device electronically varies the Ultrasports’ ride height by 20mm, to either improve high-speed tracking stability or clear potentially hazardous parking garage ramps.
No tuning package is complete without a distinctive set of alloy wheels and in this respect the Ultrasports obliges with rather over-the-top red-lined three-piece 21-inch wheels, shod with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres.

Dunlop’s most exclusive rubber has practically become the default high-speed aftermarket tyre choice in the German tuning industry. The reason is simple, as the Sport Maxx range boasts the requisite ‘Y’ speed rating, which permits safe operation at speeds of beyond 300km/h.

One aspect the Wheelsandmore technicians took a cue from the stock Supersports was in terms of deceleration.

Bentley’s stock 420/356mm carbon-ceramic rotor combination was – rightfully – considered to be more than sufficient for the job. The only change the Wheelsandmore team made was binning the smaller aft brakes for 420mm rotors, ensuring symmetrical stopping power at both axles.

The car’s classic GT surfacing has been left (mercifully) stock in Ultrasports trim, with the three-piece wheels and sinister black colour scheme the only discernable changes.

So, if you love the fastest ever road going Bentley (which the Continental Supersports is) yet require a trifle more power to burden its all-wheel drive system this Wheelsandmore Ultrasports conversion appears to be a very apt solution.

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