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Bentley Continental GT Convertible (2018): open-top Brit is here

Published: 26 November 2018 Updated: 26 November 2018

► 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.

Bentley Continental GT Convertible side

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.

Bentley Continental GT Convertible interior

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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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches