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Bentley reveals the Continental GT Speed Convertible

Claims to be the world's fastest four-seat convertible...

Bentley has revealed the 2013 Continental GT Speed Convertible ahead of the public reveal at the Detroit Motor Show in a couple of weeks.

The GT Speed Convertible is powered by the same 6.0 litre twin turbo W12 engine as the GT Speed Coupe, with 616 bhp and 590 lb/ft of torque. Bentley claims that the GT Speed Convertible is the fastest four seat convertible with a top speed of 202 mph. The 0–62 mph sprint is dealt with in 4.1 seconds. Those buying such a car probably won’t care about this, but fuel consumption is rated at 19 mpg, a 15% improvement over the previous model.

The GT Speed Convertible has 10mm lower suspension compared to the normal GTC and comes with stiffer bushes, uprated air springs and dampers, along with revised anti-roll bars to try and tighten up the handling a little bit. Bentley has also tweaked the steering to make it more responsive on the limit.

On the styling front the GT Speed Convertible comes with the same tweaks as the Coupe, which means a dark chrome grille and air intakes, larger exhaust pipes with a ‘rifled’ finish and exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels. The press shots also show off one new option – a violent purple paint finish. Definitely more suited to the Riviera than a London high street, it shows that Bentley are at least trying to be more adventurous though it’s really not for us. The interior gets quilted diamond leather, dark aluminium inserts on the dashboard, with carbon fibre trim an option. 

The 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible goes on sale this summer for around £165,000.

Images courtesy of Bentley Motors

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more