Shortly after Bentley presented the third model generation of the Continental GT Speed as a coupé, the Convertible version now follows. It is the most driver-focused convertible in the Continental range to date. Under the hood is the familiar W12 biturbo engine with 485 kW/659 hp and 900 Nm of torque from six liters of displacement. The power is transmitted to the permanent all-wheel drive via an eight-speed automatic. Compared with the coupé, the Convertible accelerates a tenth of a second slower to 60 mph (3.6 seconds), but achieves the same topspeed (208 mph). Also on board are the new all-wheel steering and the air suspension with 48-volt system for the active stabilizers. The latter prevent body roll. A carbon ceramic brake system can be ordered as an option.
To distinguish the Speed variant from the regular Continental GT Convertibles, Bentley installs standalone sill trim, dark-tinted grille inserts, Speed lettering at the top of the front fenders and the number ’12’ further down at the air vents behind the front wheels. There are three finishes to choose from for the 22-inch alloy wheels. The color range for the body is almost limitless. A two-tone leather interior can be put together from 15 main and 11 secondary colors. This is also adorned with colored stitching and a choice of wood or rotary-cut aluminium in a dark tint. While the headliner of the soft top can be given one of eight different colors, the outside shows up in one of seven colors. However, for now, as with the coupé, the new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible will not be offered in the EU, the UK, Switzerland, Ukraine, Turkey, China, Vietnam or Israel.