Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

The Bentley Continental GTC Speed

The worlds fastest convertible

Available from £188,155.00

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Overview

Take in more of every spectacular journey, from the redesigned cabin of the new Continental GT Speed Convertible – the ultimate expression of the open top grand tourer.

Speed is embedded in Bentley's history. The name dates back to the Le Mans 24 Hour race-winning Speed Six. Then as now, the pursuit of performance was balanced by the quest for refinement.

As the fastest Bentley convertible, the new Continental GT Speed Convertible is a worthy successor. Drive it with the hood down and a new dimension is revealed. You're no longer an observer of the passing landscape but a part of it, with every aspect of your journey amplified in the open air.


Model Features

Designing a convertible combining these levels of performance and refinement brings its own unique challenges. Fortunately, Bentley has an unequalled history when it comes to convertibles. The design of the Continental GT Speed Convertible conveys a message of dominant performance, with dark-tint touches to the exterior, and a hand-crafted interior which, when the top is down, takes centre stage.



Design

Designing a convertible is one of the most challenging, and rewarding, jobs in the automotive world. That's because it is two cars in one. To create a beautiful open tourer requires smooth, sweeping lines without visual clutter. Yet the design team needs to consider the hood too, creating a smooth coupé profile that integrates smoothly with the bodywork. By creating two cars in one, Bentley may have created all the high performance cars you'll ever need.

The new model has an even more striking face, incorporating a re-sculpted front face, giving the car a purposeful and thoroughly modern look.

The Bentley GT Speed Convertible features 'cobra' seats - newly restyled with smaller diamond upholstery and a semi-aniline hide option - are welcoming yet superbly supportive. Switch on the neck warmer feature and a stream of warm air from a discreet vent just below the headrest takes the chill off your drive. The seat massage system includes two lumbar and ten surface cells to keep you alert and relaxed as you drive.

The name Mulliner has been associated with some of the greatest Bentleys of all time, including the iconic 'R' Type Continental of 1952. It's appropriate therefore that the Continental GT Speed Convertible is equipped with the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard. Diamond quilted leather seats, indented leather headlining and embroidered winged 'B' emblems on the headrests add a touch of handcrafted distinction. Drilled alloy pedals, a knurled sports gear lever and jewel oil and fuel filler caps are inspired details from a distinguished heritage.



Performance

Bentley's W12 is a remarkable engine, both for its performance and its architecture. Best described as two narrow angle V6 engines sharing a common crankshaft, it delivers the refinement and power of a twelve-cylinder engine whilst remaining compact. Fed by twin-turbochargers, the W12 Speed specification which powers the Continental GT Speed offers a full spectrum of performance from whisper-quiet cruise to snarling full-throttle acceleration.

The eight-speed transmission of the Continental GT Speed delivers both faster acceleration and improved fuel efficiency, with a commensurate reduction in CO2 emissions and increase to tank range. Not only that, it makes a fast car even faster, cutting acceleration times by ensuring that the engine is always at the ideal RPM for peak torque delivery. The transmission's faster, smoother gear changes are perfectly matched by the GT Speed's new gear box delivering the engine's power to all four wheels. Torque is biased toward the rear in a 60:40 ratio, which creates perfect cornering balance and reassuring grip.

By bringing the Speed models 10mm closer to the ground, Bentley's chassis engineering team laid the foundation for an even sportier driving experience. To do so they changed the springs, dampers, anti roll bars and supension bushes. The result is improved body control under hard cornering, together with greater agility.

Bentley's engineering team has ensured that the GT Speed engine and powertrain is just as fuel-efficient as the Continental GT. The latest engine management system, an eight-speed transmission and careful refinement of the turbocharger settings have seen an overall improvement of 13% in fuel economy, with a commensurate increase in tank range compared to the previous generation model.




Technology

Bentley's engineering team has ensured that the new Speed Convertible W12 engine and powertrain is just as fuel-efficient as the Continental GT. The latest engine management system, an 8-speed transmission with variable power-assisted steering, increases economy and further reduces emissions.

The W12 engine is mated to a ZF eight-speed transmission: designed to handle the extreme levels of torque generated by the W12, the transmission cuts acceleration times by ensuring that the engine is always at the ideal speed for peak torque delivery. This state-of-the-art transmission also features "Block Shifting" technology, capable of shifting directly from (for example) 8th gear to 4th gear for instantaneous response and acceleration.

By bringing the GT Speed Convertible just 10mm closer to the ground, Bentley's chassis engineering team laid the foundation for an even sportier driving experience. To do so, they changed the springs, dampers, anti roll bars and suspension bushes. The result is improved body control under hard cornering together with greater agility.

Bentley's engineering team has ensured that the new Speed Convertible W12 engine and powertrain is just as fuel-efficient as the Continental GT. The latest engine management system, an eight-speed transmission and careful refinement of the turbocharger settings have seen an overall improvement of 12% in fuel economy, with a commensurate increase in tank range compared to the previous generation model.








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