► New Continental GT Convertible
► Next-gen drop-top Bentley is here
► ...with tweed roof as an option
Bentley has expanded its Continental GT range with this: the new Conti GT Convertible. It’s for the millionaire who spends most of their life on a Riviera of some kind – and happens to have a real likening for tweed.
Here’s all we know on the Bentley Continental GT Convertible.
Did you say tweed?
Yes, because Bentley has confirmed that the Contintenal GT convertible-top can be had with a, ahem… ‘contemporary’ tweed fabric roof. It’s just an option, and can be fitted to the ‘Z-fold’ roof which Bentley says is unique. We're also told that the with the roof up, the cabin is quieter than the previous-generation coupe.
Of course, the afformentioned roof can be specified in a range of colours to match with one of the 17 standard (or 70 in the extended palette) colours.
What powers it?
Until a V8 arrives, your only option for now is a 6.0-litre W12 that produces 626bhp and 664lb ft, good for a 0-62mph sprint in 3.8 seconds – just 0.2sec slower than the GT coupe. The Convertible also manages to top out at 207mph, making it one of the fastest drop-tops in the world.
Details inside and out
Other than the roof, Bentley says the Conti drop-top is 20 per cent lighter and five per cent stiffer than the previous generation.
Elsewhere it’s standard Continental fare, which is no bad thing. Variable all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic, air suspension with 48v anti-roll assistance are standard under the skin.
Inside, details like the rotating display complete with Swiss clocks dominate the dashboard, a high centre console available in a range of metals and veneers is beset with buttons and a robust gear-shifter, and there are 20-way adjustable seats.
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