Bentley unveils new Continental GT convertible
The new 207 mph drop-head cruiser
Yesterday, Bentley unveiled a new Continental GT, this time with a convertible roof.
The latest generation of the GT convertible has 626 horsepower from the same 6.0L twin turbo W12 engine which was seen in the third generation. With this engine, the Continental GT has 664 lb-ft of torque.
A very clever feature is, the Bentley can shut down half of its cylinders, making it run on six cylinders which makes it a little more economical for city driving or long motorway journeys. It isn’t the most economical car at the best of times, with 20.2 mpg you will be filling it up quite a lot.
The same as the coupe, the new convertible has an 8 speed dual clutch transmission which allows for very smooth gear changes and a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, which for a car that weighs over two tonnes is very impressive.
As you would expect, the ride is exceptional. Bentley have used their dynamic ride system which electronically adjusts the suspension to cope better with bumps in the road and ensures the car doesn’t tilt too much when going around corners.
In terms of the interior, the same plush leathers are used in the convertible. In the centre is a 12.3-inch touch screen which when hidden reveals only wood or individual clocks. As for the sound system, Bentley have implemented a 2200-watt, 18 Naim speaker system which sounds incredibly good and displays rich sounds to go along with the whole look of the car.
The main and quite obvious difference is the addition of a convertible roof. This can be retracted or put up in just 19 seconds while you travel at speeds of up to 30 mph. Most convertibles are quite loud when the roof is down, but the unique noise cancelling Pirelli P Zero tyres allows for a seamless driving experience.
Prices have not been released yet but it is expected the prices will exceed those of the Continental GT Coupe which starts at $225,000.