Launching a new convertible in the middle of winter is a batty idea for most manufacturers, but Bentley - which recently moved its American headquarters right into Copley Square - looks right at home in the frost with this new Continental GTC Speed.
Outfitted with 600 horsepower (up 48 from the regular GTC), 20-inch wheels, and a 200-mile-per-hour top speed (only 195 with the top down), the GTC Speed shares the upgrades already fitted to the GT Speed coupe and Flying Spur Speed sedan. Bentley expects two-thirds of GTC buyers will opt for the Speed edition next year, which should add at least $25,000 to the "base" model's $194,000.
Last year, members of the New England Motor Press Association slogged the standard Continental GTC through the slush and named it the best "Extreme All-Weather Vehicle" in their annual winter vehicle awards. Without all-wheel drive, the big Bentley wouldn't have stood a chance around here.
The California crowd, of course, could care less about winter performance, but what's a $200,000 convertible if you can't get it out of your garage?
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