The New 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible. Designing a convertible combining Bentley Continental GT Speed levels of performance and refinement brings its own unique challenges. Fortunately, Bentley has an unequaled history when it comes to convertibles, and the GT Speed Convertible is the latest, fastest and most thoughtfully-executed of all.
The design of the New 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible conveys a message of dominant performance. The 10mm lower suspension and unique 21” wheels accentuate the wide, low and poised stance, while the dark tint grille and air intakes emphasize the sporting focus of the Speed models.
Bentley Continental GT Speed is embedded in Bentley’s history. The name dates back to our founder W.O. Bentley’s 3 Litre Speed of 1925 and the Le Mans 24 Hour race-winning Speed Six. Then as now, the pursuit of performance was balanced by the quest for refinement.
Today’s Continental GT Speed Convertible is a worthy successor. Its exceptional performance is allied to an eight-speed all-wheel drive transmission, which delivers reassuring stability year round. The Speed chassis tune delivers thrilling agility and clarity of feedback, yet also rides harsh road surfaces with supple resilience. Even the exhaust note, deeper and more exhilarating under hard acceleration, is civilized and refined during high-speed cruising. As a result, the New 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is capable of devastating acceleration and enduring pace in equal measure, whilst at the same time, its hand-crafted interiors and supportive sports seating provide supreme comfort over long distances.
With peak power of 625PS or 616 horsepower, the New 2013 Bentley Continental stands at the pinnacle of the Bentley Continental stable. A full throttle standing start sees 60mph flash past in just 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 202mph. Yet Bentley’s engineering team has ensured that the new GT Speed W12 engine and powertrain is more responsive in low speed driving than its Speed predecessor, and just as fuel-efficient as the W12 Continental GT.
With its four-layer fabric hood in place, the Continental GT Speed Convertible has the profile of a high-performance Bentley coupé. Yet once the hood is stowed away, no latching points or fabric are visible beneath the powered tonneau cover, leaving the eye to survey a smooth, uninterrupted sweep of bodywork.
The latest engine management system, an eight-speed transmission and careful refinement of the turbocharger settings have seen an overall improvement of 12%* in fuel economy, with a commensurate increase in tank range. Revised Electronic Stability Program calibration gives the driver free rein to explore the limits with safety, while the new chassis tune and lowered suspension accentuates the glued-to-the-road sensation during high-speed cornering. Searing power, precise handling yet civilized behavior in city traffic: a powertrain of supercar performance, in every sense.
The dashboard of ‘Old Number One’, the Speed Six that won two Le Mans 24 Hour races in the 1920s, is made of it. Bentley offers two engine spin options for the interior – one in Bright Tint Aluminium and the other, unique to the Continental GT Speed models, in Dark Tint Aluminium, its understated shade the perfect complement to the dark tint chrome radiator and bumper grilles.
Seventeen different hide colours of its interior are available, with the choice of single or two-colour hide upholstery, and a choice of hand-stitching. Choose contrast stitching, and a contrasting colour will be used for the stitching on the seats, doors, rear quarter panels, centre console, armrests.
|Engine Capacity||5998 cc|
|Max Power||616bhp / 460kW / 625PS @6000rpm|
|Max Torque||800Nm, 590 lb-ft @1700rpm|
|Fuel||98 (95) RON|
|DRIVETRAIN AND TRANSMISSION :|
|8 speed ZF transmission|
|Permanent all-wheel drive with 40:60 front to rear torque split|
|Ratios 1st 4.71, 2nd 3.14, 3rd 2.1, 4th 1.67, 5th 1.29, 6th 1.00, 7th 0.839, 8th 0.667 Reverse 3.317|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION :|
|CO2 emissions (combined)||347g/km|
|EPA DRIVE CYCLE**|
|City Driving||12.0 USmpg|
|Highway Driving||20.0 USmpg|
|*Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to Type Approval.|
|**Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to EPA Certification.|
|Max. Speed||202mph / 325km/h|
|Acceleration||0 – 60mph||4.1 seconds|
|Acceleration||0 – 100km/h||4.4 seconds|
|* Power rating based on 98 RON fuel|
|WEIGHTS AND VOLUMES :|
|Gross Vehicle Weight||2900kg||6393lb|
|Fuel tank capacity||90L||20 Gallons / 24 US Gallons|
|Width across mirrors||2227mm||87.7in|
|Width with Mirrors Folded||1943mm||76.5in|
|Track Front / Rear||1667mm / 1663mm||65.6 / 65.5in|
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