British luxury carmaker Bentley revealed a new drop-top coupe based on the Continental GT grand tourer, called the Bentley Continental GT Convertible.
The new drop-top Bentley in town is powered by the company’s flagship 6.0-litre W12 engine good for 626hp. It can show up 100kph on the digital instrument cluster in just 3.8 seconds from a standstill, which is just a tenth of a second slower than its hardtop coupe sibling.
A new Z-fold roof mechanism on the Continental GT Convertible brings the weight up to 2,414kg which is a culprit for the slightly slower acceleration figure. The top speeds of both the GT and the GTC are identical at 33okph.
In the design department, the Continental GT Convertible receives a mildly refreshed rear end in addition to the folding fabric roof. The dimensions and mechanicals are nearly identical for both the coupe and the drop-top.
The Bentley Continental GT Convertible’s roof can retract in 19 seconds at speeds of up to 48kph. The company says it offers a “sportier appearance” and a three-decibel noise reduction compared to its previous iteration. Customers can choose between seven different types of fabric, with a tweed option made available for the first time.
Since the Continental GT Convertible loses out on the retracting spoiler present on the coupe, it compensates with a bigger gurney lip to improve aerodynamic efficiency. The corners above the rear lights are tweaked and there are more concave surfaces present on the drop-top to increase downforce.
As befitting the Bentley name, the drop-top Continental is sumptuously appointed on the inside. The instrument console is all-digital with classically styled graphics to suits the company’s design ethos. The centre console on the dashboard consists of three analogue dials that rotate out of the view to be replaced by a 12.3-inch touchscreen display.
The GT Convertible has heated seats and steering wheel plus wider neck-warmers and heated armrests. Both the Continental GT twins share the same rear legroom, but the Convertible’s roof takes away 123 litres from the coupe’s 235-litre boot space, which is 23 litres less than the previous drop-top GT.
The new Bentley Continental GTC’s frame is stiffer and lighter than before with a 5 percent bump in torsional rigidity and a 20 percent reduction in structural mass. It gets a 48V electric active body roll mitigator, active all-wheel-drive system, and a torque-vectoring-by-brake system. Four driving modes are on offer: Sport, Comfort, Bentley, and Custom.
Upon launch, Bentley will offer two technology packages with the new Bentley Continental GTC. The City Specification includes traffic-sign recognition and city braking assistance, while the Touring Specification incorporates adaptive cruise control, head-up display, and pre-sense braking. The company will roll out V8 versions of both the coupe and the drop-top in 2019, probably as 2020 models.