Bentley opens Con­ti­nen­tal for 2019

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motors Wales - CHRIS RUSSON news­[email protected]­

THE third gen­er­a­tion of the Bentley Con­ti­nen­tal GT Con­vert­ible has been an­nounced by the Bri­tish lux­ury car maker and will be on the road next year.

Priced from £175,100 the new con­vert­ible is some £25,000 more ex­pen­sive than the Con­ti­nen­tal Coupe on which it is based.

It comes with a tweed soft top which can open in 19 sec­onds and Bentley says im­proved sound in­su­la­tion makes the cock­pit as quiet as the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion coupe when the roof is closed.

It also fea­tures Bentley’s lat­est in­te­rior tech­nol­ogy which in­cludes a 12.3-inch touch­screen which flips open on start up as well as Ap­ple CarPlay and a Google search fa­cil­ity for the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

The con­vert­ible will be pow­ered by a 635ps W12 en­gine giv­ing it a 0 to 60 ac­cel­er­a­tion of 3.7 sec­onds and a max­i­mum in ex­cess of 200mph at 207mph.

Un­der the new WLTP fuel test pro­gramme it is rated at 20.2mpg with a CO2 fig­ure of 317g/km.

The car is longer and lower than its pre­de­ces­sor with the front wheels po­si­tioned 135mm fur­ther for­ward al­low­ing for the bon­net to be ex­tended and the nose low­ered.

LED Ma­trix head­lamps have been in­spired by cut-crys­tal glass and have trans­par­ent in­ter­nal sur­faces while the car sits on 21-inch al­loys as stan­dard with the op­tion of 22-inch wheels avail­able.

The in­te­rior is largely the same as that of the Con­ti­nen­tal Coupe with a dig­i­tal in­stru­ment panel and a choice of Bang & Olufsen or Naim sound sys­tems over the stan­dard fit equip­ment,

The touch­screen is housed in a three sided unit which re­volves from pure ve­neer to re­veal either the dis­play or three ana­logue dials – of­fer­ing the op­tion of a ‘dig­i­tal de­tox’ if de­sired.

As with all Bent­leys, the Con­ti­nen­tal GT Con­vert­ible can also be handed over to the skilled crafts­peo­ple at Mulliner, Bentley’s per­sonal com­mis­sion­ing divi­sion, who will re­spond to be­spoke cus­tomer re­quire­ments.

“We have been build­ing lux­ury Grand Tour­ers since the com­pany was founded in 1919 and, as we ap­proach our cen­te­nary year, the Con­ti­nen­tal GT Con­vert­ible joins a highly ac­claimed range – ar­guably the strong­est and most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced port­fo­lio of prod­ucts the world has ever seen in one lux­ury brand,” said Bentley chief ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Hall­mark.

> Bentley Con­ti­nen­tal GT Con­vert­ible

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