Bentley's brand-new topless Continental GT is here, combining open-top driving thrills with supreme opulence.
It was back in September 2017 when Bentley presented the all-new third-generation Continental GT at the Frankfurt Auto Show, setting a new pinnacle for luxury grand tourers. Now, just over one year later, the covers have come off its convertible counterpart, combining open-top driving thrills with supreme opulence. The Coupe’s elegant, sculpted styling has been carried over to the all-new 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, which looks just as exquisite without a fixed roof.
Speaking of which, the electric folding fabric roof can be deployed or stored in 19 seconds at up to 30 mph, transforming the Continental GT Convertible from a luxurious coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button. Seven fabric hood colors are available, including a swanky tweed finish for the first time. A newly designed neck warmer, which is both warmer and quieter than the previous model, is seamlessly integrated into the heated seats, optimizing efficiency and airflow around the electrically adjustable headrests.
Compared to its predecessor, the 2019 Continental GT Convertible is five percent stiffer and 20 percent lighter, but it still has a kerb weight of 5,322 pounds making it slightly heavier than the coupe version, which tips the scales at 4,947 pounds.
Powering the open-top grand-tourer is Bentley’s wonderfully powerful 6.0-liter W12. Like the coupe, the engine produces 626 horsepower and is connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The dash to 62 mph is completed in 3.7 seconds, which is just a tenth of a second slower than its fixed roof sibling. Top speed still sits at a scintillating 207 mph.
Inside, you’ll find the finest selection of high-quality leathers and rare wooden veneers, as well as a heated steering wheel, seat heaters and new heated armrests, ensuring passengers will travel in sumptuous comfort. According to Bentley, the new Continental GT Convertible is as quiet as the previous-generation Continental GT Coupe thanks to “combination of roof insulating materials and operating mechanism, combined with sealing system improvements and acoustic treatments.” Rear legroom is identical to the Coupe, too. Elsewhere, the cabin features a configurable digital instrument cluster and a rotating 12.3-inch infotainment display.
As standard, the all-new Continental GT Convertible rides on 21-inch Five Tri-Spoke wheels, with the option of 10-Spoke and 22-inch Five Open-Spoke wheels. Each design is offered in a selection of ten polished and painted finishes. Pricing for the 2019 Continental GT Convertible hasn’t been announced yet, but expect it to be even more expensive than the Coupe, which starts at a wallet-crunching $225,000.