Pictures of the new 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible have been leaked to the Internet. Is this just a test for customer reactions, or the actual model that will be in mass production, we’ll see at the Detroit motor show next month.
Full of style and luxury Continental GT Speed Convertible comes with a distinctive range of engines. Therefore expect a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, with peak output of 616bhp. An eight-speed automatic gerabox should send drive to all four wheels. The coupe’s 0-100kph time is 4.0sec, so expect the GT Speed convertible to be a couple of tenths off that due to the extra weight of its fabric roof mechanism. The top speed of the coupe is 330kph, so it’s possible the convertible could also have a top speed in excess of 321kph.
Bentley stiffened the chassis, uprated some hardware in the air-sprung suspension, and comes also with improved steering. The ride height should also be lowered, with the wheels being fitted 21inches in diameter. Changes appear to be subtle and focus on new, dark-tinted mesh for the main grille and lower air intake, and a ‘rifled’ finish for the dual exhaust tailpipes. Bentley have upgraded the Speed’s interior to take the top-level Mulliner Driving specification of leather and trim as standard.