When it comes to the ultimate luxury automotive experience, the Bentley Continental GT is one of the few cars right up there to offer it. How else then, can you elevate that opulent driving experience? By chopping the roof of course.
Recently unveiled is the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, offering an open-top experience with all the elegance and refinement of their GT models. To increase the Bentley’s rigidity and 160 kg weight penalty, Bentley has made the Continental GT Convertible five per cent stiffer compared to the coupe model.
The convertible was launched with the 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 TSI engine that produces 635 hp and 900 Nm of torque. Drive is channelled to all four corners via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Despite the added weight, the convertible can still make the century sprint in 3.8 seconds – just 0.1 seconds slower than the coupe model. It shares the same 333 km/h top speed.
Great strides have been taken to improve the fabric roof to make the new Continental GT Convertible’s cabin to be as quiet as the previous generation Coupe model. Thanks to the improved sealing system, roof insulating materials and acoustic treatment, the cabin of the new model is 3 dB quieter than its predecessor at typical cruising speed.
The convertible roof can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h at the touch of a button. There are seven different colours available for the fabric roof, including an authentic tweed finish for those who like a retro look.
Styling and equipment of the Continental GT Convertible are identical to the Coupe – cut-crystal matrix LED headlamps, three wheel finishes ranging from the standard 21-inch items to 22-inch Five Open-Spoke wheels, 12.3-inch Bentley Rotating Display, 20-way powered adjustable comfort seats, 2,200W Naim 18-speaker surround sound system, digital instrument cluster among others.
Like all Bentley models, customers have the option to customise every detail of their car from a bespoke exterior paint finish to the material used for the cabin’s topstitching. If that sounds like too much hassle, Bentley offers an optional Mulliner Driving Specification that adds a sportier appearance and some personalisation touches to the cabin.
Bentley Continental GT Convertible