Bentley unveils Continental GT Speed Convertible
Bentley has unveiled the fastest four-seater soft-top in the world with its new 202mph Continental GT Speed Convertible.
Featuring a twin-turbo W12 engine tuned to produce an astonishing 616bhp, the convertible version of the GT Speed that was unveiled last year shares most of its technology with its hard-top sibling.
The engine has been improved in every respect, and despite packing 175kg of extra weight over the current hard-top version, the latest Convertible is still 15 per cent more efficient than the first GT Speed.
The new 2.5-tonne flagship records 19.5mpg on the EU standard test cycle, with CO2 readings of 347g/km.
Like its enclosed counterpart, the GT Speed Convertible uses an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox for incredibly fast, reliable and smooth changes both up and down.
Paddles are present behind the steering wheel for semi-manual shifts if desired. It is also capable of ’block-shifting’, for example from eighth to fourth.
The famed Bentley ’wave of torque’ is maintained, with a monumental peak of 590lb.ft sustained between 2,000rpm and 5,000rpm.
The four-layer acoustic fabric hood is said to keep road noise to a minimum.
During its development, it was tested in temperatures from -30C to 50C, with Bentley claiming it can withstand monsoon rain and maintain ’draft-free warmth’ even on the coldest winter days.
Handling improvements over the standard Continental GT Convertible come from stiffer suspension bushes and stronger anti-roll bars, while the ride is set up 10mm lower.
Prices have yet to be confirmed but are expected to sit around the £160,000 mark.
All routes placed within the system are dynamic, which means that drivers are guided through traffic congestion and anything else that could possibly slow or interrupt their journey.
So how have they done it? Well, their objectives was to create a petrol engine that produced similar power to that of a 1.6-litre diesel yet also delivered class leading fuel economy and very low CO2 emissions.
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