The Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible has been revealed just in time for the European Spring season. It enters the range as an open-top alternative to the coupe that was revealed last month.
Bearing the Speed moniker, it uses the same 6,0-litre W12 engine with a 485 kW and 900 N.m of torque power output delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. In Convertible guise, it will hit 0-100 km/h in 3,7 seconds and reach a top speed of 355 km/h.
Key dynamic features such as the rear-biased torque-split, improved cornering dynamics, three-chamber active air suspension with adaptive damping, the 48V active anti-roll control and the carbon ceramic brake system have been carried over from the coupe.
This model features Bentley’s ‘Z-fold’ tailored roof, available in seven different shades, that can be opened or closed in 19 seconds at the touch of a button up to speeds of 50 km/h. Visually, the Continental GT Speed Convertible sets itself apart with unique exterior and interior detailing including Speed sport sills, Dark Tint grilles and Speed badging. Customers can also choose from three finishes for the unique 22-inch forged Speed wheels.
Within the cabin, the Continental GT Speed Convertible offers an Alcantara steering wheel and Speed insignia on the passenger fascia. This is complemented by a unique color split trim in Hide and Alcantara. Customers can further choose from 15 main and 11 secondary hide choices to create a bespoke interior.
For those driving with the roof down in colder environments, the Convertible also features a neck warmer which is both warmer and quieter than the one used in the previous generation model. This is integrated into the heated and vented comfort seats to optimise efficiency and airflow around the electrically adjustable headrests.
The styling highlight of the new neck warmer is a chrome centre vane that stretches the full width of the duct which echoes Bentley’s ‘bullseye’ vents. Combined with a heated steering wheel and heated armrests, driving through the cold with the roof down is intended to feel quite comfortable.