Quicker, sharper, quieter Continental GT Convertible
Gets tweaked engine and gearbox from coupe
Just in time for warmer weather, Bentley has introduced a sharper and more focused version of the Continental GT Convertible. It’s the Speed version that, like the coupe, adds power and sharper handling along with new trim and a roof that’s even more silent than before.
The Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is the open-top version of the coupe that Bentley calls its most dynamic ever. So call this one the second-most dynamic, assuming that the open-top has taken a hint of the edge off. Like the coupe, it starts with a 650 hp 6.0L turbocharged W12 engine (24 hp more than non-speed) that lets the Speed ‘vert hit 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and run to 335 km/h flat out.
The Continental GT Speed Convertible offers new chassis modes including a sport mode that sends more power to the rear wheels. Bentley says this allows “maximum performance from the available traction to deliver stunning acceleration and composure from the apex.”
The chassis gets three-chamber adaptive damping active air suspension and Bentley Dynamic Ride 48V active roll control while carbon-ceramic brakes are on the options list. Like the hardtop, the eight-speed dual-clutch box has been tweaked to shift twice as quickly as the standard W12 cars. Engine calibration has also been tweaked to offer a louder exhaust during start-up and on downshifts.
The convertible roof has had added sealing and acoustic treatments and Bentley says it’s now as quiet as the hardtop version of the last-gen GT. The cabin has also been given an Alcantara wheel with Speed logos in the interior. Piano Black veneer is standard along with dark tine engine turned aluminum consoles. A warmer and quieter neck warmer is integrated into the front seats.
From the outside, you can recognise the Speed by the 22-inch wheels and exclusive Speed exterior detailing like wider sills and Speed badging.