Posted Jan 3rd 2013 8:26AM
The first photos and details for the convertible version of the recently launched 2013 Bentley all-new Continental GT Speed Convertible, one of the world’s fastest four-seat convertible, will make its international debut on January 14 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2013 Bentley GT Speed Convertible goes on sale in the summer, and although Bentley hasn’t come up with a price yet you won’t go far wrong if you expect it to be around £165,000.
The Bentley GT Speed Convertible, like its hardtop cousin, gets a 48-valve engine powers the new convertible to 60 mphin 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds) and onto a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). Nought to 100 mph is despatched in 9.7 seconds while peak torque of a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 engine rated at 616 horsepower and 590 lb.ft is achieved between 2000 rpm and 5000 rpm. Together with a close-ratio, quick-shifting eight-speed transmission, this has resulted in a 15 per cent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions compared with the first generation Speed.
Inside, there are exclusive treadplates featuring the ‘Speed’ legend and the cabin features the Mulliner Driving Specification, with its diamond-quilted hide upholstery. The infotainment system features Bentley’s latest software upgrades, which vary from region to region but include refinements such as point of interest mapping, optional satellite landscape imagery, live traffic data and, where the infrastructure supports it, digital radio. The system features 15 GB of available music space, as well as the facility to play music via an iPod, MP3 player, the car’s own six-disc CD changer or SD card.
From outside, the 2013 Bentley GT Speed Convertible also gets a small spoiler on the boot lid to keep it on the ground and a set of bespoke 21? alloys and come shod with Pirelli P Zero ultra high-performance tires. The brake discs are steel, though Bentley offers a carbon silicon carbide set as an option. The rest of the GTC Speed Convertible is pretty much the same as the GT Speed, with dark chrome mesh at the front, big rifled tail pipes and lots of Mulliner quilted leather and aluminium on the dash.