Bentley official revealed its new open-top performance flagship – Continental GT Speed Convertible, before its international debut at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit, on 14th January, 2013. With a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h), new 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is the world’s fastest 4-seat convertible.
Using the same 625 PS (616 bhp) twin-turbocharged 6.0 litre W12 engine as the recently launched GT Speed Coupé, new GT Speed Convertible can reach accelerate to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.4 s.), and to 100 mph (160 km/h) is despatched in only 9.7 seconds, while delivering a fifteen per cent improvement in fuel efficiency. Peak torque – an impressive 800 Nm (590 lb.ft) – is reached at just 2000 revs/min and maintains that level through to 5000 revs/min for effortless, refined performance at all times.
Visually, striking details include unique 21-inch wheels available in silver or an optional dark tint, a matrix radiator grille and bumper air intakes in a dark-tint chrome finish. Chopping the roof off a car reduces stability and handling and, paradoxically, increases weight. The extra reinforcements have upped the car’s gross weight to 2900kg (6393 lb), making it 150kg (330lb) heavier than its hardtop counterpart.
The interior of the car features luxury details that are characteristic of Bentley: distinctive diamond-quilted hide upholstery, an exclusive Dark Tint Aluminium ‘engine spin’ finish, inspired by the dashboards of the Le Mans winning Bentleys of the 1920s, the full range of fine wood veneers and a satin-finish Carbon Fibre option for fascia and centre console.
The high-tech equipment include refinements such as point of interest mapping, optional satellite landscape imagery, live traffic data and, where the infrastructure supports it, digital radio. The system features 15 Gigabytes of available music space, as well as the facility to play music via an iPod, MP3 player, the car’s own six-disc CD changer or SD card. Also included flat panel Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) speakers or alternatively, the audiophile Naim for Bentley system, incorporating custom-built speakers and eight individual Digital Sound Processing modes, is available as an option.
Commenting on the new Continental GT Speed Convertible, Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber said: “Following the recent successful introduction of the GT Speed, the new GT Speed Convertible will appeal to drivers who seek the sensory thrills of the world’s fastest four-seat soft-top and the practicality of a year-round grand tourer, together with unrivalled levels of luxury and refinement.”