Bentley raises the roof with ultimate Continental GT Convertible

Bentley has unveiled its most driver-focused soft-top Continental GT yet, the 484kW GT Speed Convertible.

Featuring the legendary British manufacturer’s famed 6.0-litre W12 under its bonnet, the new Continental GT Speed Convertible has a top speed of 335km/h and will sprint from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

The Continental GT Speed Convertible features new carbon ceramic brakes, unique interior detailing including a Dark Tint Engine Turned Aluminium finish in the centre console, forged 22” Speed alloy wheels and a revised neckwarmer for top-down motoring.

Bentley Motors has introduced a new flagship version of its famed open-top Grand Tourer – the Continental GT Speed Convertible. The performance-orientated Speed is the most powerful, driver-focused interpretation of the convertible Grand Tourer.

The third generation Continental GT Speed Convertible features an enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine, delivering an outstanding and increased 484kW, 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 335 km/h. The new open-air Grand Tourer joins its coupe sibling, which was unveiled last month.

Designed, handcrafted, and engineered in Bentley’s carbon neutral factory, the new GT Speed Convertible offers enhanced chassis technology, including all-wheel steering, an electronic rear differential and the option of carbon ceramic brakes. This helps deliver superior vehicle agility and confidence without impacting on the Continental GT Convertible’s acclaimed ride comfort.

The Continental GT Speed Convertible is fitted with a tailored, ‘Z-fold’ roof that can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, transforming it from a luxurious coupe to an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button.

Distinguishing the GT Speed Convertible as a pinnacle performance model, the new iteration offers unique exterior and interior detailing, including Speed sport sills, dark tint grilles and Speed badging. Customers can also choose from three finishes to the unique 22” forged Speed wheels.

Inside its luxuriously appointed cabin, the new Continental GT Convertible model includes Speed badging on the passenger fascia, an Alcantara steering wheel and a unique colour split trim in hide and Alcantara.

Cutting-edge chassis technology gives the third generation GT Speed Convertible unrivalled control and accuracy.

Maintaining Bentley’s philosophy of the vehicle feeling progressive and secure, yet still be dynamic, this approach rewards drivers of all abilities. To achieve this philosophy in BENTLEY and COMFORT mode, overall grip is balanced between the front and rear wheels, in SPORT this mode has been calibrated with a more rear-biased torque–split in all driving scenarios.

Improved cornering dynamics and the extra grip provided by the new systems allows the driver to exit any corner with an increased level of precision and confidence. In turn, the vehicle can extract the maximum performance from the available traction to deliver stunning acceleration and composure from the apex. In SPORT mode, the traction management system sends a greater proportion of power to the rear axle to allow for even greater on-throttle control of cornering line.

 

Working alongside these systems are the key chassis technologies that deliver body control and ride comfort with no compromise to one another – namely Bentley’s three-chamber active air suspension with adaptive damping, and Bentley Dynamic Ride – the 48V active anti-roll control system that Bentley pioneered on the Bentayga and third-generation Continental GT.  

 

This innovative system features powerful electric motors within each anti-roll bar to resist body roll. In their firmest setting, the motors can deliver 1300 Nm in 0.3 secs to counteract cornering forces and keep the body level.

 

A Carbon Ceramic Brake system has also been introduced as an option on the Speed. Using the high-performance material reduces the brake force required for high-speed deceleration and lowers the risk of brake fade.   

Featuring Active All-Wheel drive, the traction control and torque distribution has been recalibrated in all driver modes to provide a noticeable character shift relative to the standard Continental GT convertible.

 

Hand built at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, UK, the 484kW/900Nm 6.0-litre engine is the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. Both engine and transmission have been recalibrated for the Speed to suit the car’s powerful credentials. This is most noticeable in SPORT driving mode, where the twin-turbocharged W12 has been tuned to keep the engine in the power band longer by up-shifting later, or downshifting earlier. This creates a more eager response to driver requirements.

 

The dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission shift is twice as fast in SPORT mode as in the standard W12 model, befitting a model that takes its place as the performance pinnacle of the Continental GT range. This combines with a greater exhaust character during start up and gear downshifts.

Seven exterior roof colours are available, including a contemporary interpretation of traditional British tweed. Black, Blue, Claret and Grey are among the other options. Furthermore, eight interior roof liner finishes are offered, ranging from New Red to Magnolia.

 

The unique Z-fold convertible roof system is the most advanced of its kind. The roof, with its sealing system improvements and acoustic treatments, contributes to a three-decibel reduction in overall noise levels compared to its predecessor at typical cruising speeds. An entirely new combination of roof insulating materials and operating mechanism, combined with sealing system improvements and acoustic treatments, create a Convertible Grand Tourer that is as quiet as the previous generation Continental GT Coupe.

 

With the roof down, a neckwarmer (which is both warmer and quieter than in the previous generation model), is also seamlessly integrated into the heated and vented Comfort Seats, optimising efficiency and airflow around the electrically adjustable headrests for luxurious top-down motoring in any climate.

 

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