The redesigned Bentley Continental GT has been out from under covers for over a year now, but something felt missing. Or rather, something should have been missing.
While our imaginations could probably surmise what it would look like, there’s now a new 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible, or GTC, and it’s as ridiculously fast and luxurious as ever. The GTC is nearly identical to the coupe minus a fixed metal roof, and the cabriolet’s drop-top is available in a myriad of fabrics, even tweed! How very British. The top can be folded in 19 seconds at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
Impressively, Bentley claims to have reduced cabin noise by nearly three decibels, making the new convertible as quiet as the old coupe. It’s also stiffer, lighter, and more powerful than the outgoing convertible, though weighs nearly 400 pounds more than the coupe because of the additional material needed to stiffen the chassis in place of a roof.
Speaking of power, the 6.0-liter turbocharged W12 makes 626 horsepower and a massive 664 pound-feet of torque, making 60 miles per hour possible in less than four seconds and setting the top speed identical to the coupe at 207 miles per hour. There’s also a stop-start system to help save fuel, bumping the overall mileage figure up just over 20 miles per hour. How very un-British.
Luxury features run the gamut from a standard 12.3-inch infotainment system to numerous fine leathers, woods, metals, carbon, and more with burls, furls, and quilts. And tweed! Did we mention tweed? We did, didn’t we.
An 18-speaker Naim audio system is available and cranks out 2,200 watts, which should be enough to wake the neighbors, even if their villas are a mile or two away and surrounded by walls. While there’s no pricing available yet, the coupe starts around $225,000, so expect the convertible to top that.