The Continental GT Speed Convertible, Bentley’s new open-top performance flagship—and the world’s fastest four-seat convertible—which made its international debut on at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit, combines the sensory pleasures of roof-down luxury touring with the shattering performance of a 625 PS (616 bhp) twin-turbocharged 6.0 litre W12, while delivering a 15-percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
“It was designed for those who accept no compromise,” Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Dr Wolfgang Schreiber said, adding that following the recent successful introduction of the GT Speed, the new GT Speed Convertible will “appeal to drivers who seek the sensory thrills of the world’s fastest four-seat soft-top and the practicality of a year-round grand tourer, together with unrivalled levels of luxury and refinement.”
The new GT Speed Convertible has a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). Subtle sporting design cues include exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels, dark-tint grilles and rifled exhaust tail pipes. Inside its handcrafted cabin, the GT Speed convertible features the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard, blending contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character.
The close-ratio eight-speed transmission, uprated and lowered suspension and retuned steering provide exhilarating acceleration and sharp, communicative handling without detriment to the renowned ride comfort of Bentley’s Continental convertible. Permanent all-wheel drive ensures optimum traction and power delivery whatever the road conditions.