Bentley describes it as the "most powerful, driver-focused" Continental GT Convertible yet.
After the new Bentley Continental GT Speed broke cover last month, it was only a matter of time before the Continental GT Convertible was given the Speed treatment. Just in time for the spring, Bentley has unveiled the new 2022 Continental GT Speed Convertible, which the luxury automaker describes as the "most powerful, driver-focused interpretation" of the convertible grand tourer. Like the coupe version, the new Continental GT Convertible Speed is powered by Bentley's 6.0-liter W12 engine uprated from 626 hp to produce 650 horsepower. Torque remains the same at 664 lb-ft.
Thanks to this power boost, the Continental GT Convertible will complete the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.6 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds faster than the regular Continental GT Convertible and 0.1 seconds slower than the fixed-roof Continental GT Speed. Top speed is capped at 208 mph.
When you want to enjoy some open-air driving thrills, the roof can be lowered or raised in 19 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph. Bentley claims improvements to the roof's sound insulation have made the cabin three decibels quieter than its predecessor. It's even quieter than the old Continental GT Coupe.
As well as offering more power than the standard Continental GT Convertible, the Speed variant offers improved handling thanks to numerous chassis upgrades. In Comfort mode, the grip is balanced between the front and rear wheels, while Sport mode sends more torque to the rear and offers faster shifting times for a more engaging driving experience. An updated all-wheel steering system and a new electronic rear differential also improve the car's agility and stability. Carbon-ceramic brakes have also been added to the options list for improved stopping power.
Visually, the Continental GT Convertible Speed can be distinguished by its dark tint grille, lower bumper grille, and Speed badging on the front fender. It also rides on unique 22-inch forged wheels available in a silver or dark gloss finish. Seven roof colors are available, including black, blue, claret, grey, and a "contemporary interpretation of traditional British tweed".
Inside, the interior is trimmed in luxurious leather and Alcantara and can be extensively customized with a choice of 15 main and 11 secondary colors. Special touches unique to the high-performance variant include Speed badging embroidered in the headrests and a Speed plaque in the treadplate. Sports pedals are also offered as standard and an optional "dark tint engine-turned aluminum" finish is available for the center console.
"The new Speed is the most driver-focused Continental GT Convertible available and unique in its ability to offer extremely refined, all-season open-top Grand Touring with the added edge of astonishing performance and dynamism," said Chris Craft, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing at Bentley Motors. "Combined with exquisite, handcrafted interior details, the Continental GT Speed Convertible exemplifies all Bentley knows about creating the world's most stylish and elegant cars for roof-down motoring."
Pricing for the new Continental GT Convertible Speed hasn't been confirmed, but it will likely cost more than the coupe, which starts at $274,900 including destination.