Bentley has lifted the wraps off her new Continental GT Convertible, announcing it the "pinnacle open-top grand tourer".
This drop-top version of the third-generation model we sampled in the July 2019 edition of CAR magazine, is powered by the same 6.0-liter W12 twinturbo-gasoline engine which was first used in the British manufacturer's top-of-the-line Bentayga SUV. But like its fixed-roof sibling, the GT C produces 467 kW (20 kW more than the Bentayga) and 900 N.m torque, which is sent to all four corners via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Despite structural improvements that see the 2,414 kg open-top Continental GT carry a weight of 160 kg over the GT, Bentley claims 0-100 km / h time of 3.8 seconds (just a tenth of a second slower than the coupe) and at a top speed of 333 km / h.
Of course, what sets this model apart is its tailored folding roof, which can be specified in seven different hues or a special tweed finish. The Z-folding unit takes 19 seconds to stow away or deploy at speeds of up to 50 km / h.
A newly designed neck warmer ventilation system, heated steering wheel, seats and armrests helps warm the front occupants when driving top-down in cold conditions. The rest of the interior remains familiar, with Bentley's new rotating 12.3-inch infotainment unit present.
Pricing and local availability are still to be confirmed.
Author: Marius Boonzaier