Billed as the fastest four-seater in the world the Bentley GT Speed Convertible combines roof-down luxury touring with the shattering performance of a 625 PS (616 bhp) twin-turbocharged 6.0 litre W12, while delivering a fifteen per cent improvement in fuel efficiency.
The close-ratio eight-speed transmission, uprated and lowered suspension and retuned steering provide fast acceleration and sharp, communicative handling. Permanent all-wheel drive ensures traction and power delivery in any weather and on any road.
Taking its place at the pinnacle of the Bentley Continental range, the new GT Speed Convertible has a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). Refined sporting design cues include exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels, dark-tint grilles and ‘rifled’ exhaust tail pipes. The Continental GT Speed convertible shares its powertrain specification with its Bentley stable-mate the GT Speed coupé. The 625 PS (616 bhp) twin-turbocharged, 48-valve, W12 engine powers the convertible to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.4 s.). By switching the gear selector to ‘Sport’, Bentley shows off the Geminian personality of the GT Speed, as both tourer and sports car, by delivering a sharper throttle response and an exhilarating snarl from the exhaust. Inside its cabin, the GT Speed convertible features the Mulliner Driving Specification (MDS).
Designed by Bentley’s bespoke coach-building division, the MDS has been offered with its distinctive diamond-quilted hide upholstery in direct response to customer demand for a more overtly sporting character to the Continental GT.
The infotainment system features Bentley’s latest software upgrades, which vary from region to region but include refinements such as point of interest mapping, optional satellite landscape imagery, live traffic data and digital radio. The system features 15 GB of available music space, as well as the facility to play music via an iPod, MP3 player, the car’s own six-disc CD changer or SD card. As a thoughtful touch, the audio balance settings automatically alter when the roof is lowered to compensate for the change in listening environment.
Commenting on the new GT Speed Convertible, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Dr Wolfgang Schreiber said: “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. It is designed for those who accept no compromise.”
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