Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is here, just in time for summer
And why do English motorists buy so many convertibles?
It is a well-known fact that Britain is one the world's biggest markets for convertible cars and I'm 100% convinced they buy so many drop-tops *not in spite of* the weather but *because of* it. Bear with me on this. If you live in Southern France or Spain or Portugal or Italy or California, you wake up in the morning and expect it to be sunny. You take it for granted. By contrast, if you live in the UK, you wake up assuming it's gonna be rainy, which means you're indeed very happy (on the rare occasion) when it's not. And you buy a convertible to make the absolute utmost of every single sunny day you get. Am I making sense? Anyway, here's the new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible. Pretty, eh?
Bentley say this is the 'most driver-focused' convertible of the Continental GT range, coming in with a sophisticated chassis, an all-wheel steering system and an improved electronic rear diff. And carbo-ceramic brakes. And you need carbo-ceramic brakes because the 6.0-litre W12 engine that lives under its bonnet delivers 650 bhp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Even Jeremy would call it 'adequate'. The top speed is 208 mph and even though the car weighs about a million tonnes, it does 0-60 in 3.6 seconds.
Both the interior and the exterior have been customised with dedicated badging, new upholstery, new sport sills and forged 22-inch Speed wheels. You also get a new 'technical finish' for the centre console, dubbed 'Dark Tint Engine Turned Aluminium' and, on top of all that, you can choose between seven different colours for the roof. Including tweed. Bliss.