The superb Bentley Continental GT has lost its roof to become the Bentley Continental GT Convertible. It’s quick and very high quality, but a Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet costs less.
Hot on the heels of the Bentley Continental GT coupe is its roofless stablemate, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible. It follows the same recipe as the standard GT, being a large-engined, continent-crushing long-range-missile of a car, although here you can do all that with your shimmering locks open to the warm Mediterranean breeze.
Or of course, if you’re driving in the UK, the light drizzle. At least you can press a button and stay dry beneath its fabric roof in just 19 seconds up to speeds of 30mph. And although it’s not metal, Bentley reckons its triple-layered design is every bit as quiet to travel underneath, while saving weight.
Inside, you’ll enjoy the same very high levels of quality, with beautifully-crafted leather, metal and wood surfaces throughout. If you choose to add Bentley’s extremely expensive revolving dash option, the 12.3-inch infotainment display can be swapped for old-school dials or hidden behind a large slab of wood at the touch of a button if you’d rather preserve the traditional feel.
There’s driving a Bentley, and then there’s driving a Bentley with the roof down to make absolutely sure everybody can see you. Still, let them gawp – this car is superb.
The Continental GT Convertible is fitted with the same engine as the coupe: a 6.0-litre, 635hp W12 engine that has no shortage of thrust. It’ll get you from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds and hit a staggering 207mph flat out if you can find a long and legal enough stretch of Tarmac.
At £177,000 the Continental GT Convertible costs more than the coupe, and more than alternative open-top GT cars such as the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet, although that Bentley badge does carry a fair bit of weight when it comes to price.
We’ll have driving impressions for you once we’ve been behind the wheel.
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