There are few automobiles in the world that feel as special and charismatic as a Bentley. The renowned British luxury marque has been producing some really fine cars over its long history – the all-new Continental GT Speed Convertible is one of them. While several brands do high-end grand tourers and convertibles, Bentley is in a league of its own. With the latest Continental GT Speed Convertible, Bentley has made an already fast and luxurious car faster and more luxurious! One of the reasons for that is the ‘Speed’ moniker, which brings in a few upgrades.
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Strapped under the long hood of the Continental GT Convertible is a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 that belts out 626hp. While the standard (if you can call it that) avatar is plenty powerful for most, Bentley doesn’t quite agree. Therefore, the feistier Speed version gets an upgraded version of this beautiful W12 powerplant, now outputting 650hp. That’s 24hp more than the standard model. Furthermore, the Continental GT Speed Convertible has a colossal 900Nm of torque on offer. Hence, despite its bulky 2.3-ton mass, the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible will still hit 100 kmph in 3.7 seconds. And if you keep the accelerator floored, you will eventually be covering ground at an astonishing 335 kmph! As for the gearbox, that’s taken care of by an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic.
To stop a 2.3-ton luxury barge from rolling around the corners, you need technology. In this case, Bentley has fitted the Continental GT Speed Convertible with a triple-chambered active air suspension and adaptive dampers. The whole thing runs on a 48-volt active anti-roll control system that incorporates electric motors linked up to anti-roll bars. Of course, this is no sports car, but for something so large, the Continental GT Speed Convertible handles really quite well. When you add the massive carbon-ceramic brakes and an active all-wheel-drive system, the overall performance of the Continental GT Speed Convertible is praiseworthy.
As far as its exterior is concerned, the design of the all-new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is pretty mesmerizing. To separate it from the standard Continental GT Convertible, this one features 22-inch forged Speed alloy wheels, darker front grille and intakes, variant-exclusive side skirts, and loads of ‘Speed’ badging. From almost every angle, the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible looks menacing yet effortlessly elegant.
Customers can choose from an almost endless variety of colors and hues for the exterior, whilst the soft-top roof gets its own unique options. Some of the choices for the roof include Black, Blue, Claret, Grey, and what Bentley calls “a contemporary interpretation of traditional British tweed”. As for the soft-top itself, the ‘Z-fold’ roof can be operated at speeds of up to 50 kmph and takes 19 seconds to either fully deploy or stow.
Sitting in the cabin of the Continental GT Speed Convertible, that roof plays a major role, as one can imagine. Bentley has redesigned the roof and all of its mechanisms, so the cabin is now 3 decibels quieter than in the old model. Moreover, customers can even customize the inside of this roof, with a total of 8 shades available, including New Red and Magnolia.
Clients also get to choose from over two dozen primary and secondary hide choices for the interior, along with high-quality Alcantara on pretty much every touch-point. Further adding to the richness of this cabin are the diamond quilting, embroidered headrests, aluminium Sports pedals, Piano Black veneer with Crown Cut, Dark Stain Burr Walnut, and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus trim. Of course, there are loads of ‘Speed’ insignias and detailing in this interior, too.
In terms of features, the Continental GT Speed Convertible gets pretty much the same kit as in the standard model. There are LED Matrix headlamps, rear-wheel steering, an electronic rear differential, a 2,200-watt 18-speaker Naim audio system, 20-way electrically-adjustable Comfort Seats with built-in neckwarmers, massaging & ventilating functions, heated armrests and steering wheel, a 12.3-inch touch-infotainment system with Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto), a digital driver’s display, plus the Bentley Rotating Display that is integrated into the dash.
Customers are always free to tick as many options boxes as they like, depending on their preferences. The all-new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible should make it to India with a price tag as heft as its curb weight.