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Bentley announces new Continental GT Convertible

Our Bureau | Updated on November 29, 2018 Published on November 29, 2018

Third generation model said to be pinnacle of Bentley’s expertise in creating elegant tourers

Bentley is introducing the all-new Continental GT Convertible. The new model is the very essence of the luxury brand, since Bentley has been building luxury Grand Tourers right from when the company was founded in 1919. And, as it approaches the 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 an official company statement.

Handcrafted luxury

Elegant and sculptural exterior styling harmonises perfectly with the handcrafted cabin, featuring the highest quality leathers and sustainably sourced veneers.

The tailored convertible roof can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, with the car travelling at speeds of up to 50 kmph. This transforms the Continental GT Convertible from a luxurious coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button. Seven different fabric hood colours are available, including an authentic tweed finish.

 

A newly designed neckwarmer (which is both warmer and quieter than in the previous generation model), is seamlessly integrated into the heated Comfort Seats, optimising efficiency and airflow around the electrically adjustable headrests. The styling highlight of the new neckwarmer is a chrome centre vane that stretches the full width of the duct, echoing Bentley’s famous ‘bullseye’ vents. Combined with a heated steering wheel, seat heaters and new heated armrests, these sophisticated comfort features create a luxurious driving experience in all environments, the company said.

Open-top powerhouse

The all-new Continental GT Convertible heightens the sensory experience of open-air motoring with top performance. A powerful 6.0-litre Bentley W12 engine is mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission. The new powertrain uses the latest engine management technology to produce 635 PS and 900 Nm of torque, and accelerate to 100 kmph in 3.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 333 kmph.

The new Continental GT Convertible also showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology. An advanced, fully digital, driver-focussed instrument panel and Bentley Rotating Display for the driver are among the suite of innovations. The latter features an impressive 12.3-inch touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves from pure veneer to reveal either a touchscreen or three elegant analogue dials — offering customers the option of a digital detox when desired.

Elegant, sophisticated and refined, the all-new Continental GT Convertible could well be the pinnacle of open-top luxury Grand Touring.

Published on November 29, 2018
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