It was only just a couple of weeks ago when Bentley revealed its most powerful Continental GT to date. The British luxury marque calls it the Speed, and it has rather impressive headline figures. The leather-lined grand tourer has nearly 660 PS from its twin-turbo W12, an eight-speed dual-clutch that allows it to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and a revised suspension system that lets it carve corners faster.
All well and good, but the Continental GT Speed is only available as a two-door hardtop. Thankfully, Bentley has not forgotten about their sun-chasing clientele. Meet the 2021 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, and it's quite the attention grabber.
You might think that Bentley chopped off the roof of the coupe and called it a day. But we're talking about a bespoke automaker here, so they exerted effort to differentiate it from the hardtop. Instead of having a shiny chrome grille, the droptop has a dark-tinted front grille. It also has a unique set of side sills that give it a more discerning appearance. The 22-inch alloy wheels can is available in three different colors: Black Gloss, Bright Silver, and Dark Tint.
Serving as the centerpiece of this Bentley is the folding soft-top. When deployed, the folding roof can open and close in as little as 19 seconds. The roof fabric is available in seven different colors. It includes Claret, Gray, British Tweed, to name a few. Also, the interior headliner is available in eight different finishes like New Red and Magnolia.
To ensure the occupants enjoy a serene ride, Bentley says the soft-top comes with improved insulating materials, a quieter operating mechanism, as well as new acoustic materials. The automaker claims that this makes the new Continental GT Speed Convertible as silent as the previous-generation Continental GT Coupe.
At the heart of this leather-lined beast is the same twin-turbo W12 engine. It displaces 6.0-liters and puts out an impressive 659 PS with 900 Nm of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to all four wheels. Despite being heavier than the coupe version, the droptop can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (0.1s slower than the hardtop) and reach a similar top speed of 335 km/h.
With both the Coupe and Convertible versions of the Continental GT Speed now out, it may only be a matter of time before it arrives in the country. If you had to choose, would you go for the hardtop or the droptop? Let us know in the comments below.