The third-generation 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible is a 2-door luxury drop-top that oozes luxury and class but at a cost. When the Continental range was introduced in 2011, it quickly became the brand's strongest seller and is still one of its most attractive and most capable models. Losing the top only makes it better, and with up to 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft available from a monstrous 6.0-liter turbocharged W12 engine, not only is this Bentley luxurious and good to look at, but very rapid too. The 2021 Continental GT Convertible goes up against German rivals in the US such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible and the BMW 8 Series Convertible.
The entire Continental GT range enters the new year with very few changes, but only one applies to the convertible variant. The already extensive array of paint colors has been expanded with Patina, Viridian, and Snow Quartz. The latter is only available in combination with the V8 powertrain. Aside from this, the entire Continental GT range, including the convertible, receives a redesigned steering wheel with capacitive sensing. New, more sustainable tweed interior trim has also been introduced.
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Bentley offers two engine options for 2021, starting with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter 8-cylinder. This gas motor develops 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft, which is sent to an all-wheel drive via an 8-speed automatic transmission. This gets the big Bentley to 60 mph in only four seconds and upto a top speed of 198 mph. A higher-performance and wicked-sounding 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 is also available and churns out 626 hp and 664 lb-ft. The Continental GT Convertible will sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and top out at over 200 mph in this guise. Fuel economy is terrible with either power plant, but at this price range, that is just pocket change.
The 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible isn't a brand new idea: the British carmaker has had over a decade to refine its two-door drop-top grand tourer, and it shows. The exterior is as handsome as ever and commands the attention of passers-by wherever the car goes. On the road, it's supremely comfortable, and despite its size and the fact that it's missing a hard-top, this Brit is still a whole bunch of fun to throw around the corners and launch from the lights. On the inside, you get a beautifully crafted interior with most of the modern tech marvels you'll need daily. Those sitting in the back will feel more cramped, and there isn't enough cargo space for four people, but as a two-person GT, this thing is pretty much as good as it gets. You won't find a safety rating review of the 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, or any other car in this price range, but that's nothing unusual. At least you can depend on its reliability, since these cars are handcrafted to be almost perfect. However, our main gripe with the car is its price, especially when the Germans offer cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Convertible for a lot less money.
We'd go for the cheaper but just as rapid V8 model in White Sand and add the 21-inch ten-spoke wheels if we were buying. Inside, we'd go for the engine-turned aluminum trim and contrast hand-cross stitching. Optional extras that would make our list include the 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and the Touring specification package, including lane assist, night vision, Bentley Safeguard Plus, and a head-up display. The level of customization on these cars is astonishing, and each new customer is allowed to create a truly unique vehicle. You won't find a price for the 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible without directly contacting the automaker, but if you need to ask, you probably can't afford one.
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