By Staff Contributor.
Bentley unveiled the new Continental GT Speed Convertible at the North American International Auto Show The new GT Speed Convertible has a top speed of 202 mph and in true Bentley style, no compromises have been made in craftsmanship, luxury or refinement to deliver this unrivalled performance.
Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “The new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is a truly breath-taking Grand Tourer, promising supercar performance and high end luxury, with the added thrill of open top motoring. This unveiling maintains our position as the largest producer of high luxury cars in the world, with our market share continuing to grow”.
The new GT Speed Convertible combines the sensory pleasures of roof-down luxury touring with the shattering performance of a 625 PS (616 bhp) twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter W12, while delivering a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency. The close-ratio eight-speed transmission, uprated and lowered suspension and retuned steering provide exhilarating acceleration and sharp, communicative handling without detriment to the renowned ride comfort of Bentley’s Continental convertible. Permanent all-wheel drive ensures optimum traction and power delivery whatever the road conditions.
Also on stand at Detroit is the Continental GT V8. Powered by a new 4 liter twin turbocharged V8 engine, the Continental GT and its GT Convertible stablemate achieve exceptional fuel efficiency for a luxury sports car, while providing exhilarating performance and effortless power in the Bentley tradition.
The new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is a truly breath-taking Grand Tourer, promising supercar performance and high-end luxury, with the added thrill of open top motoring. This unveiling maintains our position as the largest producer of high luxury cars in the world, with our market share continuing to grow.
The new engine delivers maximum power and an extraordinary peak torque of 487 lb ft, which is available across virtually the entire rev range, providing exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition. This translates into a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds for the GT coupe and a top speed of 188 mph.
At the same time, the new V8 Continental models achieve outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector and are capable of travelling over 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank of fuel. The instantly recognizable growl of the new 4.0 liter V8 engine sets it apart from its Bentley siblings.
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