• 2018 Bentley Continental GTC

Is it good enough to give the S-Class Cabriolet a run for its money?

The third-generation Bentley Continental GTC is the cabriolet version of the coupe that the British firm introduced in 2017. Almost identical to the coupe design-wise, it features a new soft-top system and borrows all of its technology and drivetrain components from the hard-top version.

Heavily inspired by the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, it looks sportier than before and boasts a longer wheelbase. The redesigned soft-top also turns it into a three-box vehicle when the roof is in place. The new Continental GTC arrives just in time for the upcoming Volante version of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, but it also competes against the fancier Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

2020 Bentley Continental GTC Exterior

  • Almost identical to the coupe
  • Based on EXP 10 Speed 6 concept
  • Sleeker profile
  • Lowered nose
  • New wheel options
  • Oval taillights
  • New soft-top
  • Three-box design with the top up
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Bentley is a rather conservative automaker when it comes to redesigns, so I wasn’t expecting anything major from the third-gen Continental GT. But the Brits finally came out of the box and changes quite a few things by drawing inspiration from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car. And all of these new styling cues were carried over to the GTC, which looks identical to the coupe below the waist.

Up front, we can notice that both the grille, which is notably wider and placed lower in the fascia, and the headlamps are taken from the concept car.

The bumper also shares the outer vents with the EXP 10 Speed 6, but the center vent is much taller. The headlamps feature Bentley’s latest LED Matrix technology and lenses inspired fine-cut crystal glasses, with transparent surfaces combined with sharply defined edges for a gem-like lighting effect.

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The GTC looks sleeker when the roof is stowed away in the trunk and a bit more elegant with the soft-top in place

Just like the coupe, the drop-top looks longer and lower from the side. That’s mostly because the front wheels have been moved 5.3 inches further forward, which also enabled Bentley to lengthen and lower the nose. Notable highlights include the front fender vent delete, the new outlet just above the side skirts, and the arched, more muscular rear fenders from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept. Bentley offers 21-inch wheels as standard, but you can also opt for 22-inch rollers in a selection of polished and painted finishes.

This is where the GTC stands out from the coupe thanks to its soft-top convertible layout. The grand tourer looks sleeker when the roof is stowed away in the trunk and a bit more elegant that its coupe counterpart with the soft-top in place. That’s because the roof doesn’t mimic the shape of the coupe, as it usually happens with other vehicles.

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While the coupe has a fastback-style roofline, the soft-top features revised quarter window and a shorter C-pillar. This results into the GTC having a longer deck lid, like a proper three-box vehicle. It’s a bit unusual at first glance, but I started to like the elegant stance once I got used to it.

The rear end is again identical to the coupe. It sports Bentley’s new oval taillights that run into the trunk lid for the first time, oval exhaust pipes, and a wider opening for the trunk. The redesigned bumper features a trapezoidal license plate recess flanked by chrome trim.

You can choose between 17 exterior colors, including Beluga, Onyx and Portofino. An optional extended range of 70 hues is also available.

Bentley also offers a choice of seven roof colors, including black, blue, claret, and grey.

2020 Bentley Continental GTC - exterior dimensions

Length 190.9 inches
Width 86.1 inches
Height 55.1 inches
Wheelbase 112.2 inches
Kerb weight 5,322 lbs
Gross weight 6,316 lbs
Weight distribution 55:45

2020 Bentley Continental GTC Interior

  • Identical to the coupe
  • Authentic wood trim
  • 20-way adjustable seats
  • Premium audio systems
  • Rotating infotainment display
  • Acres of leather
  • Fully customizable
  • Roof opens in 19 seconds
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Not surprisingly, the GTC is identical to the coupe inside the cabin, but it will definitely feel like a road yacht when the soft-top is folded flat. Just look at that massive slab of wood that extends from the dashboard onto the door panels, the huge display, the modern controls, and the high-sheen center console. Speaking of which, you will have access to loads of new veneers, including Koa, a wood that’s rarely used in cars, and a dual-veneer option.

Of course, almost every inch of the cabin is wrapped in fine leather highlighted by contrast stitching, and a new quilt technique called "diamond in diamond."

Other fancy features include 20-way adjustable seats with heating, cooling, and massage function, a big instrument cluster with 3D LED lights, and a 10-speaker, 650-watt sound system. The latter is just the standard unit, as options include a 16-speaker, 1,500-watt Bang & Olufsen system and an 18-speaker, 2,000-watt system by Naim.

But Arguably the most interesting feature of the Continental GTC is Bentley’s new infotainment display.

Called the Bentley Rotating Display and introduced with the coupe, the 12.3-inch touchscreen is housed in a three-sided unit that revolves in the center stack.

When the ignition is off, the screen is hidden in the dashboard, with the wood veneer flowing uninterrupted from the passenger side to the instrument cluster.

When the engine start button is pressed, however, the veneer in the center stack glides forward and rotates to reveal the big screen. The third side of the Rotating Display reveals three analogue dials showing outside temperature, a compass, and chronometer. Opting for the latter gives you an elegant, old school-style dash that works great with the massive wood veneer.

Of course, another interesting feature is the possibility to drive with an open top, which provides access not only to unlimited headroom, but also to a summer’s warm breeze, and the engine high-displacement roar.

Speaking of open-top driving, Bentley developed a new soft-top system for the GTC. Boasting big improvements in terms of sealing systems and acoustic treatments, it reduces outer noise levels by three decibels compared to its predecessor, which makes it as quiet as the previous-generation Continental GT coupe.

The roof can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, with the car travelling at speeds of up to 30 mph, at the push of a button.

It’s available in seven colors, including a tweed finish for the first time.

The convertible also features a neckwarmer. Integrated into the seats, the newly designed heater system is both warmer and quieter than in the previous generation model. Designed to optimize efficiency and airflow around the electrically adjustable headrests, it features a chrome center vane that stretches the full width of the duct, paying tribute to Bentley’s famous "bullseye" A/C vents.

2020 Bentley Continental GTC Drivetrain

  • 6.0-liter W-12
  • 626 horsepower
  • 664 pound-feet of torque
  • Around 200 pounds lighter
  • Dual-clutch eight-speed gearbox
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds
  • Top speed at 207 mph
  • Standard AWD
  • V-8 engine likely
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The new Continental GTC features the same 6.0-liter W-12 engine as the coupe model. But while the powerplant is identical in size and layout to the one in the old car, Bentley actually developed a new unit for the new-generation car.

First introduced in the Bentayga SUV, the twin-turbocharged mill cranks out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

That’s a 44-horsepower and 133-pound-feet increase over the previous Continental GTC and almost as much as the outgoing GT Speed plus an extra 44 pound-feet of twist. Given that the new Continental is around 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the GTC will feel even more powerful once you floor the gas pedal.

The massive W-12 mates to a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission, which made its debut in the coupe as the first-ever eight-speed gearbox offered in a Bentley.

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Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes only 3.7 seconds. That's a tenth-second slower than the coupe, but a half-second quicker than the outgoing Continental GTC.

Just like the coupe, the drop-top hits a top speed of 207 mph, an impressive figure in this niche, especially given the size and weight of the grand tourer.

The engine features state-of-the-art start-stop technology that enables it to stop not only when the vehicle is stationary, but also at near-to-stop speeds, which helps improve fuel economy. The dual-clutch eight-speed transmission contributes to this as well, with the Conti GTC now rated at 23.2 U.K. mpg combined versus the previous 19.9 mpg.

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The all-wheel-drive system is also new, replacing the previous 40:60 power delivery split between front and rear wheels.

The redesigned AWD system varies the front-to-rear torque split based on driving conditions, optimizing stability and fuel consumption.

However, the GTC will run in rear-wheel-drive more as much as possible during normal driving for a classic grand tourer feel.

Bentley may add a V-8 engine too at a later date. The twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 cranks out 540 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque in the Bentayga SUV. Diesel and hybrid versions aren’t likely, although Bentley is already offering these drivetrains in the Bentayga.

2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Specifications

Engine 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 TSI
Capacity 5950 cc
Power 626 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 664 LB-FT @ 1,350-4,500 RPM
0 to 60 mph 3.7 seconds
0 to 100 mph 8.1 seconds
Top Speed 207 mph
Transmission ZF eight-speed dual-clutch

2020 Bentley Continental GTC Chassis and Suspension

The revised air suspension features three-chamber air springs with 60-percent more air volume in the softest setting

Besides a new engine, the Continental GTC also rides on a new chassis with Bentley’s intelligent Dynamic Ride System. The adaptive setup provides a more responsive ride and optimized handling in all road and weather conditions by adjusting the electronic actuators on the anti-roll bar of each axle and instantly counteracting lateral rolling forces when cornering.

It also provides variable torsional resistance. By contrast, conventional anti-roll bars usually offer a compromise between body control and ride confort. The revised air suspension features three-chamber air springs with 60-percent more air volume in the softest setting than the previous model, also contributing to improved ride comfort and dynamic character.

2020 Bentley Continental GTC Packages and Mulliner Personalization

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Bentley offers the new Continental GTC with more options than ever. At launch, you’ll be able to choose between two packages — City Specification and Touring Specification.

Designed for urban journeys, City Specification includes features like hands-free trunk opening, pedestrian warning, traffic-sign recognition, city braking systems, and a top-view camera. Touring Specification, a bundle for long-distance driving, adds adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, active lane assist, a heads-up display, night vision with an infrared camera, and pre-sense braking.

If you want to wild beyond technology, there's a Mulliner Driving Specification package waiting for you.

This bundle adds 22-inch wheels in a custom finish, "diamond in diamond" quilting for the seats, and embroidered Bentley emblems inside the cabin. It also enables you to choose from additional wood veneer options, adds a jewel-finish fuel filler cap, sports pedals, and leather headliner for the soft-top.

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You can also pick from a "virtually unlimited" list of individual options comprising exterior paints, carpet finishes, handcrafted veneers, and leather colors, leading to hundreds of possible combinations. Finally, you can take your GTC to the Mulliner division for bespoke features that you can’t find on the regular options list. Be prepared to spend big though.

2020 Bentley Continental GTC Prices

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U.S. pricing information for the new Continental GTC is not yet available. However, expect the cabriolet to cost more than the coupe version. With the latter priced from around $220,000, the GTC will probably fetch in excess of $230,000 before options.


Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

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The first convertible to wear the "S-Class" badge and Mercedes’ first open-top luxury four-seater since the early 1970s, the S-Class Cabriolet is one of the very few vehicles that can give the Continental GTC a run for its money. Sporty but elegant and fitted with Mercedes’ latest technology, it also comes with semi-autonomous drive and a powerful V-8 engine under the hood. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter cranks out 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of twist, enabling the massive drop-top to hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. For those looking for an alternative to the W-12 GTC, Mercedes offers the AMG S63, which uses a more powerful V-8 rated at 612 horses. This version hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, which makes it quicker than the upcoming W-12 GTC. Finally, the AMG S65 Cabriolet features a 6.0-liter V-12 that delivers 630 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. However, this model is RWD only and needs 4.1 seconds to reach 60 mph. Pricing is also on the Merc’s side. The standard model retails from $134,300, while the AMG fetches $180,100 before options. On the other hand, the AMG S65 costs a whopping $250,900.

Read our full reviews of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet and Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 Cabriolet.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

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The drop-top version of the DBS Superleggera has yet to arrive, but we’ve seen Aston Martin testing camouflaged prototypes on public roads. It will be identical to the coupe below the waist and will use the same twin-turbo, 5.2-liter V-12 engine. The mill cranks out an impressive 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, which places the DBS Superleggera above its rivals in terms of performance. It should also be quicker to 60 mph at around 3.4 seconds and faster with a top speed of around 210 mph. Needless to say, the DBS Superleggera is closer to being a full-fledged supercar than a traditional grand tourer. It will be notably more expensive though, as it will start from around $310,000. Meanwhile, Aston Martin’s offering in this niche is the old Vanquish S Volante, equipped with a 5.9-liter V-12 rated at 592 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of twist. This drop-top hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, a top speed of 197 mph, and starts from around $313,000.

Read our speculative review of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante.


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Arguably one of the most impressive luxury convertibles available on the market, the Continental GTC got even better with the third-generation model. The new platform should solve the Continental’s weight problems, while access to better drivetrain technology enabled Bentley to offer a more fuel-efficient model and improve the nameplate’s carbon footprint. The EXP 10 Speed 6-inspired design also gives the GTC a sportier stance that’s closer to the upcoming DBS Superleggera Volante, leaving the Continental Flying Spur sedan to parade as the more elegant proposition in the lineup.

  • Leave it
    • Expensive compared to the S-Class
    • Likely still slower than the DBS

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.

2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the previous generation 2017 Bentley Continental GTC.

2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6.

Update History

Update 11/24/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Bentley Continental GTC out for a new testing session, but this time during cold winter conditions.

Updated 09/28/2017: We added a new rendering of the Continental GTC, as well as updated information. Check it out below.

Updated 10/26/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Continental GTC out for a new testing session, this time on the roads around the Nürburgring.

Updated 07/19/2016: Based on the recent spy shots and speculations, we created a rendering for the upcoming Continental GTC. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

Spy Shots

May 16, 2018 - Bentley Continental GTC caught testing around Nurburgring

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November 11/24/2017 - Upcoming Bentley Continental GTC caught testing in cold weather

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February 15, 2017 - Bentley Continental GTC caught testing once again

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October 26, 2016 - Continental GTC caught testing on the roads around the Nürburgring

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July 6, 2016 - First testing session

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Bentley is introducing the all-new Continental GT Convertible. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain – and representing all Bentley knows about creating the world’s most stylish and elegant Grand Tourers – the GT Convertible is the very essence of the luxury brand.

Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors, said: “Elegant understatement that forces you to look; engineering excellence you’ll take for granted – the extraordinary breadth of capabilities offered by the new Continental GT Convertible is unique and can only be offered by our noble British brand.

We have been building luxury Grand Tourers since the company was founded in 1919 and, as we approach our centenary year, the Continental GT Convertible joins a highly acclaimed range – arguably the strongest and most technologically advanced portfolio of products the world has ever seen in one luxury brand.”

Elegant and sculptural exterior styling harmonises perfectly with an exquisite handcrafted cabin, featuring the highest quality leathers and sustainably sourced veneers.

The tailored convertible roof can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, with the car travelling at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). This transforms the Continental GT Convertible from a luxurious coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button. Seven different fabric hood colours are available, including an authentic tweed finish for the first time.

A newly designed neckwarmer (which is both warmer and quieter than in the previous generation model), is seamlessly integrated into the heated Comfort Seats, optimising efficiency and airflow around the electrically adjustable headrests. The styling highlight of the new neckwarmer is a chrome centre vane that stretches the full width of the duct, echoing Bentley’s famous ‘bullseye’ vents. Combined with a heated steering wheel, seat heaters and new heated armrests, these sophisticated comfort features create a luxurious driving experience in all environments.

The all-new Continental GT Convertible heightens the sensory experience of open-air motoring with exhilarating performance. A powerful 6.0-litre Bentley W12 engine is mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission. [WLTP drive cycle: fuel consumption, mpg (l/100km) - Combined 20.2 (14.0). Combined CO₂- 317g/km. NEDC drive cycle equivalent: fuel consumption, mpg (l/100km) – Combined 22.8 (12.4). Combined CO₂ - 284g/km.]

The new powertrain uses the latest engine management technology to produce 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) of torque, and accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds), on to a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).

The new Continental GT Convertible also showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology. An advanced, fully digital, driver-focused instrument panel and Bentley Rotating Display for the driver are among the suite of innovations. The latter features an impressive 12.3” touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves from pure veneer to reveal either a touchscreen or three elegant analogue dials – offering customers the option of a digital detox when desired.

Elegant, sophisticated and refined, the all-new Continental GT Convertible is the pinnacle of open-top luxury Grand Touring.

Effortless Elegance Meets Power and Style

Unmistakably a Bentley – the third generation Continental GT Convertible retains the elegance and style of its forebears. More sculpted and sharply defined, the all-new body and materials combine to create a truly beautiful car – roof up or down.

The Convertible’s profile is longer and lower than its forebear due to the positioning of the front wheels 135 mm further forward. This has allowed the bonnet to be extended and the nose to be lowered. The key signature power lines of its coupe sibling still dominate, flowing back towards the muscular rear haunches.

The lighting on the Continental GT Convertible uses the latest LED Matrix technology, but it is the design of the headlamps that truly sets them apart. Inspired by the finest cut-crystal glasses, the internal surfaces are transparent with sharply defined edges that catch the light like a diamond.

The result is similar to that of an illuminated gem – an effect which is magnified when the optional welcome sequence gradually illuminates the headlights as you approach the car. The taillights also feature the cut-crystal effect, highlighting the three-dimensional depth of the optics.

The all-new Continental GT Convertible has 21” Five Tri-Spoke wheels as standard, with the option of 10-Spoke and 22” Five Open-Spoke wheels. These three wheel designs are offered in a selection of ten polished and painted finishes.

Convertible customers can choose from the palette of 17 colours, including Beluga, Onyx and Portofino. An optional extended range of colours is also available – as well as the option of full bespoke colour-matching for Bentley customers. These can be coordinated with seven exterior roof colours.

A Handcrafted Luxurious Cabin

The exquisite interior of the all-new Continental GT Convertible is a showcase for Bentley’s unrivalled expertise in the use of natural materials, fully revealed to the world when the elegant roof is lowered.

From the highest-quality leathers, to rare, sustainably sourced veneers, such as Koa and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, the cabin is a triumph for craftsmanship and artisanal skill. Unique dual-veneer is offered, with over 10 square metres of wood used in every car. Customers have the choice of a polished wooden steering wheel too.

The dashboard is styled and sculpted by long, flowing wings that mirror the shape of the Bentley badge. Continental GT Convertible customers can choose from eight interior hood lining colours, including Red, Blue and Magnolia.

The centre console is finished to match the lower fascia, but can be specified in a new technical finish that is inspired by the delicate mechanical surfacing inside the finest mechanical Swiss watches, known as Côtes de Genève. This surface is machined onto 0.6 mm-thick aluminium and is created by machining from side to side to create a linear pattern. Each row is 5 mm wide and machined at an angle to give a truly three-dimensional finish, with each pass of the machine making a minute step of 0.5 mm.

New types of luxurious haptic finishes adorn the interior of the Continental GT Convertible for greater sensory, as well as visual, enjoyment. In some areas, pillow knurling replaces the traditional mechanical knurling, for a softer, more refined feel on switches and controls, while diamond knurling adds a luxurious touch using a detailed three-dimensional faceted surface.

The 20-way adjustable Comfort Seats set new industry standards in comfort and refinement. Smooth centre panels allow maximum efficiency for the ventilation, heating and massage functions, while the adjustable bolsters retain the signature Bentley quilting. There is also the option of Hand Cross Stitch finishing.

A choice of three audio systems is offered in the new Continental GT Convertible. The standard system features 10 speakers and 650 Watts, while a Bang & Olufsen 1,500 W, 16-speaker system with illuminated speaker grilles is available, benefiting from the first automotive application of the BeoSonic system – a new way for tone setting with a simple, intuitive one-touch user interface.

A Naim 2,200 W, 18-speaker system with Active Bass Transducers built into the front seats and eight sound modes is offered for the true audiophile.

Behind the wheel, the technological advancements in the new Continental GT Convertible continue. The driver-orientated instrument panel is fully digital and can be personalised by the driver.

The Bentley Rotating Display offers the choice between a digital or analogue journey. At first glance there appears to be no screen in the centre of the dashboard. Instead, the veneer flows uninterrupted across the dashboard, while a thin chrome bezel behind the steering wheel surrounds a digital instrument display.

When the engine start button is pressed, however, the veneer in the middle of the dashboard glides silently forward and rotates to reveal Bentley’s largest-ever touchscreen, a 12.3” high-definition-quality digital MMI display, elegantly designed by Bentley with a customer-configurable home screen with three windows able to display the driver’s preferred functions, for example, navigation, media and telephone. The user interface is designed to be akin to a modern mobile phone and menus are structured to be instantly intuitive.

The third side on the Bentley Rotating Display reveals three elegant analogue dials displaying outside temperature, a compass and chronometer. Such an innovative use of traditional elements underscores Bentley’s unique commitment to the past and the future, and offers customers the choice of digital or analogue display or clean, calm cabin.

The new Continental benefits from features designed to keep both driver and passengers connected at all times. Apple CarPlay, the smartest and quickest way to integrate the functionality of Apple devices in a car is connected via a USB port.

Customer journeys are streamlined with features designed to improve navigation. Online search, powered by Google makes finding destinations simple, while real-time traffic information keeps the driver informed of current length or changes in congestion. In emergency situations, Private eCall provides instant access to emergency services for ultimate peace of mind when travelling.

Exceptional Optionality including a Tweed Convertible Roof

The all-new Continental GT Convertible redefines personalisation with paint, leather, veneer and lifestyle options that are virtually unlimited and tailored to the individual.

The standard palette alone comprises 17 exterior paint colours, with up to 70 hues available in the extended range. There are also 15 luxurious carpet options, eight different handcrafted veneers (with a further four dual veneer options) and 15 choices of interior trim hide, which means that customers are able to specify their own choice of luxury finish.

Seven exterior roof colours are available, including for the first time a contemporary interpretation of traditional British tweed. Black, Blue, Claret and Grey are among the other options. Furthermore, eight interior roof liner finishes are offered, ranging from New Red to Magnolia.

The unique Z-fold convertible roof system represents a major improvement both in terms of refinement and packaging. The roof, with its sealing system improvements and acoustic treatments, contributes to a three-decibel reduction in overall noise levels compared to its predecessor at typical cruising speeds.

An entirely new combination of roof insulating materials and operating mechanism, combined with sealing system improvements and acoustic treatments, have created a Convertible Grand Tourer that is as quiet as the previous generation Continental GT Coupe.

Two technology option packs are offered at launch: City Specification for urban journeys and the Touring Specification for long-distance driving, both curated to optimise the customer experience.

City Specification includes hands-free boot opening, pedestrian warning, traffic-sign recognition and city braking systems as well as a top-view camera. The Touring Specification pack, meanwhile, offers adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, active lane assist, a heads-up display, night vision with an infrared camera, and pre-sense braking.

The Mulliner Driving Specification adds a more sporting look to the car with 22” lightweight forged alloy wheels, unique ‘diamond in diamond’ quilting, embroidered Bentley emblems, additional veneer options, a jewelled-finish fuel filler, sports pedals and indented leather headliner. Customers can also choose personalised stitching in the front and rear of the car and personalised treadplates.

As with all Bentleys, the Continental GT Convertible can also be handed over to the highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople at Mulliner, Bentley’s personal commissioning division, who will respond to bespoke customer requirements.

Sublime Power: The Beating Heart of Bentley

The all-new Continental GT Convertible is offered at launch with Bentley’s 6.0-litre, W12 TSI engine. Designed, developed and handbuilt in Crewe, it is the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world.

The new powertrain uses the very latest engine management technology, with 300 million software calculations per second. It produces 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) of torque, accelerating the Convertible to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds), on to a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).

The W12 TSI combines high-pressure direct fuel injection with low-pressure injection. The combination of these two systems maximises refinement, lowers particulate emissions and optimises power and torque delivery. [WLTP drive cycle: fuel consumption, mpg (l/100km) - Combined 20.2 (14.0). Combined CO₂- 317g/km. NEDC drive cycle equivalent: fuel consumption, mpg (l/100km) – Combined 22.8 (12.4). Combined CO₂ - 284g/km.]

The new engine utilises Start-Stop technology and, in Bentley’s advanced application, coasting is also made possible. The engine rests not only when the vehicle is stationary but also at near-to-stop speeds.

Bentley’s Variable Displacement system shuts down half of the engine under defined conditions. Intake and exhaust valves, fuel injection and ignition are all shut down on defined cylinders, with the engine running as a six-cylinder for improved efficiency.

Significantly, a new dual-mass flywheel replaces the torque converter, to dampen out the oscillations of the driveline and provide a fittingly smooth power delivery for luxury touring.

The dual-clutch eight-speed transmission provides smooth acceleration and impressively quick gearshifts, hallmarks of the Continental GT character, as well as combined fuel economy of 22.8 mpg (UK) or 12.4 L/100 km (NEDC combined).

A new Active All-Wheel-Drive System replaces the traditional 40:60 power delivery split between front and rear wheels respectively, instead varying the front-to-rear torque split dependent upon the driving situation.

Unrivalled Grand Touring Ride and Handling

The third generation of Continental GT Convertible features Bentley Dynamic Ride, an advanced 48-volt roll control system for unrivalled car control. The system controls and adjusts the electronic actuators on the anti-roll bar of each axle and so improves handling and ride comfort, as well as making the car feel lighter and more precise.

This system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre-to-road contact to deliver class-leading ride comfort and exceptional handling.

While conventional anti-roll bars present a compromise between body control and ride comfort, Bentley’s active system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Continental GT Convertible to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The use of a 48-volt system results in silent, instantaneous responses and sufficient power on hand to deal with all road surfaces.

Through Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Control different modes can be selected: Comfort mode, Bentley mode or Sport mode; the suspension, engine, gearbox and other chassis systems will modify to match the selected drive mode. Alternatively, the driver can personalise his or her own dynamic settings.

The air suspension on the new Continental GT Convertible uses three-chamber air springs which give the car 60 per cent more air volume in the softest setting than the previous model. This allowed Bentley’s engineers more scope for tuning the suspension to improve the ride comfort and dynamic character of the car. The system offers the scope to vary from sporting spring stiffness to luxury limousine refinement depending upon which mode the driver has selected.

As a foundation for this impressive handling, the Continental GT Convertible boasts a body-in-white structure that manages to be both stiffer and lighter than its predecessor. This five per cent improvement in torsional rigidity and 20 per cent reduction in structural weight are achievable thanks to the intelligent utilisation of aluminium and high-tensile steel in the platform.

Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) is also featured on the Continental GT Convertible. The new system improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from unwanted road disturbances. The steering system features a variable rack ratio, allowing increased response with higher steering angles to aid manoeuvrability whilst maintaining excellent stability at high speeds.

Another key feature is the latest-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC), which constantly adjusts the damper forces to optimise comfort. The system continually measures the velocity and distance between the wheels and the body at each corner and also adjusts the air volume in the springs if necessary to ensure the optimum balance of comfort and handling. Both front and rear axles are of a lightweight aluminium construction, with multilink design at the front and rear.

The braking system is the most powerful iron system ever fitted to a Bentley, with a total of 28 pistons. Front brake discs measuring 420 mm are a two-piece construction utilising a cast-iron friction ring and aluminium mounting bell. Front calipers feature ten pistons each, while rear calipers contain four pistons each that clamp 380 mm single-piece discs. Brakes of this scale provide the reliable, repeatable stopping performance inherently important to a 200+ mph sporting Grand Tourer.

Bentley has worked together with Pirelli to create bespoke tyres for the new Continental GT Convertible right from the very beginning of the design phase. The car runs exclusively on Pirelli P Zero tyres, using a different tyre size between front and rear axles for the first time, to enhance dynamic ability. During the development process, Pirelli’s engineers sat alongside their counterparts from Bentley, driving and refining the car-tyre package until the perfect balance was reached between performance and comfort.

The latest material compounds help the tyre respond more directly to driver inputs, ensuring a dynamic experience that is balanced and communicative.

The P Zero tyre fitted to the Bentley also has Pirelli’s Noise Cancelling System which reduces road noise coming into the cabin. At the same time, rolling resistance is also improved on the latest P Zero tyres, creating less friction against the road without compromising grip. As a result, both wet and dry grip represent a step forward, with a noticeably reduced risk of aquaplaning.

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