Bentley has lifted the wraps off its new Continental GT Convertible, describing it as the "pinnacle open-top grand tourer". 

This drop-top version of the third-generation model we sampled in the July 2018 edition of CAR magazine is powered by the same 6,0-litre W12 twinturbo-petrol engine which was first used in the British manufacturer's top-of-the-line Bentayga SUV. But like its fixed-roof sibling, the GT Convertible produces 467 kW (20 kW more than the Bentayga) and 900 N.m of torque, which is sent to all four corners via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Despite structural enhancements that see the 2 414 kg open-top Continental GT carry a 160 kg weight penalty over the GT, Bentley claims a 0-100 km/h time of 3,8 seconds (just a tenth of a second slower than the coupé) and a top speed of 333 km/h. 

Of course, what sets this model apart is its tailored folding roof, which can be specified in seven different hues or with a special tweed finish. The Z-folding unit takes 19 seconds to stow or deploy at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

A newly designed neck warmer system and heating functions for the steering wheel, seats and armrests, helps warm the front occupants when driving top-down in cold conditions. The rest of the interior remains familiar, with Bentley's clever rotating 12,3-inch infotainment unit present and correct.

Pricing and local availability have yet to be confirmed.

Author: Marius Boonzaier