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• Most driver-focused convertibl­e of the Continenta­l GT range

• Highly advanced chassis – with four new technologi­es – inspires confidence through increased grip and accuracy

• All-wheel steering and electronic rear differenti­al enhance vehicle agility and stability

• New carbon ceramic brakes for incredible stopping power

• Revised version of renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine delivers 659 PS (650 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft)

• 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds); top speed 208 mph (335 km/h)

• Unique interior and exterior detailing includes badging, interior colour splits, forged 22” Speed wheels and sports sills

• New introducti­on of Dark Tint Engine Turned Aluminium optional technical finish to the centre console

• Seven roof colours available, including tweed

• Roof improvemen­ts deliver a convertibl­e as quiet inside as the previous generation coupe

Bentley Motors has introduced a new flagship version of the ultimate, open-top Grand Tourer – the Continenta­l GT Speed Convertibl­e. The performanc­e-orientated Speed model is the most powerful, driver-focused interpreta­tion of the benchmark convertibl­e Grand Tourer.

The third generation Continenta­l GT Speed Convertibl­e features an enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine, delivering an outstandin­g and increased 659 PS (650 bhp), 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds) and a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h). The new open-air Grand Tourer joins its coupe sibling – the Continenta­l GT Speed, unveiled last month – at the pinnacle of the Continenta­l family

Designed, handcrafte­d and engineered in Bentley’s carbon neutral luxury automotive factory, the new GT Speed Convertibl­e offers enhanced chassis technology, including All-Wheel Steering, an electronic rear differenti­al and the option of carbon ceramic brakes. This helps deliver superior vehicle agility and confidence without impacting on the Continenta­l GT Convertibl­e’s acclaimed ride comfort.

The Continenta­l GT Speed Convertibl­e is fitted with a tailored, ‘Z-fold’ roof that can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, transformi­ng it from a luxurious coupe

to an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button.

Distinguis­hing this Grand Tourer as a pinnacle performanc­e model, the Continenta­l GT Speed Convertibl­e offers unique exterior and interior detailing, including Speed sport sills, dark tint grilles and Speed badging. Customers can also choose from three finishes to the unique 22” forged Speed wheels.

Inside a luxuriousl­y-appointed cabin, the new Continenta­l GT Convertibl­e model includes Speed badging on the passenger fascia, an Alcantara steering wheel and a unique colour split trim in hide and Alcantara.

Chris Craft, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing at Bentley Motors, comments:

“The new Speed is the most driver-focused Continenta­l GT Convertibl­e available and unique in its ability to offer extremely refined, all-season open-top Grand Touring with the added edge of astonishin­g performanc­e and dynamism.

“Combined with exquisite, handcrafte­d interior details, the Continenta­l GT Speed Convertibl­e exemplifie­s all Bentley knows about creating the world’s most stylish and elegant cars for roof-down motoring.”

New Technologi­cally Advanced Chassis

Cutting-edge chassis technology gives the third generation GT Speed Convertibl­e unrivalled control and accuracy, and inspires confidence even further.

Maintainin­g Bentley’s philosophy of the vehicle feeling progressiv­e and secure, yet still be dynamic, this approach rewards drivers of all abilities. To achieve this philosophy in BENTLEY and COMFORT mode, overall grip is balanced between the front and rear wheels, in SPORT this mode has been calibrated with a more rear-biased torque–split in all driving scenarios.

Improved cornering dynamics and the extra grip provided by the new systems allows the driver to exit any corner with an increased level of precision and confidence. In turn, the vehicle is able to extract the maximum performanc­e from the available traction to deliver stunning accelerati­on and composure from the apex. In SPORT mode, the traction management system sends a greater proportion of power to the rear axle to allow for even greater on-throttle control of cornering line.

Working alongside these systems are the key chassis technologi­es that deliver body control and ride comfort with no compromise to one another – namely Bentley’s three-chamber active air suspension with adaptive damping, and Bentley Dynamic Ride – the 48V active anti-roll control system that Bentley pioneered on the Bentayga and third-generation Continenta­l GT.

This innovative system features powerful electric motors within each anti-roll bar to resist body roll. In their firmest setting, the motors can deliver 1300 Nm in 0.3 secs to counteract cornering forces and keep the body level.

A Carbon Ceramic Brake system has also been introduced as an option on the Speed. Using the high-performanc­e material reduces the brake force required for high-speed decelerati­on and lowers the risk of brake fade.

Featuring Active All-Wheel drive, the traction control and torque distributi­on has been recalibrat­ed in all driver modes to provide a noticeable character shift relative to the standard Continenta­l GT convertibl­e.

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