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Bentley’s top-down solution will lure drivers prioritising presence over performance
Unlike Mclaren, Bentley is a bit more transparent with on-the-road pricing. And you can get a brand new Continental GT Convertible registered on local roads from RM2.24 million sans options, which is probably less than the all-in expense you’ll need to fork out on the 720S Spider. So it’s slightly more affordable. And with 626bhp facilitating a 3.8-second century sprint, it’s not quite as swift. But outright performance was never the endgame for the Continental GT; it’s all in its quintessential British class and presence.
The all-aluminium bodywork and intricately crafted interior are one thing. While track-focused cars like the Mclaren favour retractable hard tops, Bentley continues the tradition of canvas roofs for its convertible grand tourer. Here, a complete fold-down takes 19 seconds and is doable up to speeds of 50kph. If you think that’s slow, think again. Bentley claims that the Continental GT Convertible will travel up to 333kph with the roof down.
Bentley’s recipe, then, is one that finetunes the balance between speed and sophistication. There’s a distinct dash of theatre as well, especially under the hood where the company’s signature six-litre W12 engine with 900Nm of twist resides. If the torque-rich power plant doesn’t play a soundtrack which tingles every fibre of your body, then trust the Naim audio system to finish up a work.
At its price, the Continental GT Convertible is probably the closest you’ll get to buying a superyacht with a shiny set of wheels. The question is, are you up for a cruise?