The new Bentley Continental Supersports is the fastest four-seater in the world. There’s no debating that, it’s a quantifiably, undeniable fact – at least for now.

To understand precisely what that means however, it needs to be put into context. It’s easy to say that the Continental Supersports is faster than the competition, but what precisely is the competition?

To illustrate a little more accurately the Supersports’ recently-eclipsed competition, here are the fastest four-seater cars in the world. Oh and for variety’s sake we’re sticking to one car per marque; we wouldn’t want Bentley to have all the fun.

Bentley Continental Supersports – 209 mph, £212,500

We’ve already done into what makes the Continental Supersports such a beast here, so let’s just have a little recap. Able to race 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds all the way to a top speed of 209 mph, the Bentley’s performance is phenomenal. Yet that performance isn’t everything; this is from a marque dedicated to luxury and the lightning-fast four-door is no exception.

If you’re looking for a downside, you’ll be doing so for a while; Bentley and compromise aren’t all that well acquainted.

BMW Alpina B7 Biturbo – 205 mph, £126,224

A BMW at almost half the price might seem a pretty substantial step down from the Bentley, but this isn’t just a BMW. Alpina is the German manufacturer’s elite emblem, the distillation of their daunting level of technical expertise. Where standard BMWs certainly have their market, Alpina ups the stakes considerably.

With a top speed of 205 mph it manages some impressive performance feats. However it is a lot lighter than the Bentley which comes in good part from not being loaded down with all the luxurious interior touches that come as standard in the Continental. Not that it’s cheap of course; it’s just very hard to match a Bentley in that regard.

Aston Martin Rapide S – 203 mph, £149,500

Back on home turf, Aston Martin is a quintessential British luxury marque, perhaps even more so than Bentley. The Rapide S – as you’d expect from a name explicitly stating speed – is far sportier than the Bentley and almost anything else on this list. It has the requisite four seats (actual seats, not the usual shelf in the back) but is wrapped in a sleek, streamlined body.

It may be a few mph short of the golden 209, but it’s smaller, sportier and far more responsive than a four-seater has any right to be. Your passengers might find themselves wishing for a little more space, but that won’t bother you as the driver too much. You’re going to have a lot of fun in the Rapide S.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso T – 199 mph, £230,430

It might not have the cache of the 488 or even the California, but Ferrari’s only four-seater is no slouch. In fact, if we were to include the previous model from a few years back it would be at least on performance par with the Alpina. However, even though the newest iteration of the GTC4Lusso has downgraded its V12 for a V8, it still maintains that Ferrari performance. Where it really excels however is as a countermeasure to that age-old question of fun vs. practicality.

On top of its acceleration and speed, it’s actually a rather efficient car, at least at this level of engineering, with better fuel consumption and extended range. In Ferrari terms it’s the best of both worlds – and looks the part as well.

Maserati Quattroporte GTS V8 – 192 mph, £115,040

In the never-ending battle between the Porsche Panamera and Maserati’s flagship, here the Quattroporte just about edged out the competition. Granted it’s the victor by just 2 mph, but when they are on par in so many ways you separate where you can. It’s fitting that the Maserati is just a little bit behind the Ferrari given that the manufacturer helped construct its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8.

Aside from that the car is pure Maserati, with all the Italian elegance and comfortable interior touches you’d hope for. Having a door for each passenger can’t be underestimated either.

Words by: Sam Kessler