The dominant bonnet line, prominent matrix grille and twin large inner headlamps conﬁrm its pedigree but the Continental GT V8 Convertible has its own distinct character. And one that exudes reﬁned luxury.
To simply call this car a convertible understates its capability. It is both a sensational open tourer when the weather permits and a supremely comfortable year-round drive, as acoustically and thermally well insulated as a coupé, thanks to its unique, four layer roof.
The new Continental GT V8 Convertible takes open top comfort to new levels and, with the roof down, lets you enjoy the V8's exquisite mechanical symphony in full surround sound.
The upgrade brings with it the latest styling to the iconic Bentley design. Distinguishing features for the V8 model include a red enamel winged 'B' badge, gloss black grille with bright chrome surround, three-segment front bumper and the 'figure eight' tailpipes and a new lip-style spoiler at the wider, more purposeful rear. At the front, a bright lower grille is available across the range.
The Crewe styling team has created a Bentley convertible of elegantly tailored lines and muscular form. Those distinctive large, close-set inner headlamps, ringed by jewel-like LED lights, sit either side of the new chrome grille. At the rear, Bentley's signature 'floating' LED lights draw ones eye to the extremities of the car, emphasising its low, wide stance and new lip-style spoiler.
The V8's character is emphasised by the gloss black mesh grille, ringed in bright chrome, the aggressive jut of the three-segment front bumper and by the blacked-out rear valance with those tell-tale figure-of-eight exhaust tailpipes.
The symmetrical fascia of the Continental GT V8 Convertible was inspired by the Bentley winged 'B', and features a 'flying buttress' centre stack and open illuminated stowage.
Inside, the 'cobra head' front seats can be specified with an optional neck warmer feature, tempting you to enjoy open-top motoring on your way to the ski run. Choose the optional front seat ventilation system, and excess heat is drawn out of the seat backrest and cushion by silent-running fans, allowing you to experience summer sunshine while remaining cool. Unique to the Continental V8 models is the Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer trim, giving the interior a fresh, contemporary look.
Whether it is the technological - the knife-edge crease lines down the front wings of the Continental GT V8 Convertible made using a technique called superforming. No other process enables such a complex panel to be created with such crisp sharp lines and without seams or joins.
Or the traditional – the upholstery hide begins with an age-old tanning process that retains the rich, natural aroma of classic Bentley interiors. Creating a cocoon of curved yet crisply-defined planes and surfaces demands the highest standards of skill from our dedicated craftspeople.
Press the start button on the advanced new 4 litre V8 engine and its inspiring repertoire of sounds is brought to life. From the deep V8 burble at low engine speeds to the rising growl and rasp as the car accelerates.
Bentley's new V8 develops a massive 660 Nm of torque at the comparatively low engine speed of 1700 rpm. Catapulting the Continental GT V8 Convertible from a standing start to 60 miles an hour in just 4.7 seconds, and on to a potential top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).
A new 8-speed transmission delivers faster, smoother gear changes, and accounts for 6% of the total 40% efficiency gain achieved by the V8. Its greater number of ratios ensures that the engine is always working at its most efficient gearing.
Without resistance, there is no torque. And without torque, there is no acceleration. Bentley's V8 develops a massive 660 Newton metres of torque at the comparatively low engine speed of 1700 rpm. This massive torque is grounded by the permanent all-wheel drive that features in every Bentley Continental. Whether you're targeting a new world ice speed record or simply want to accelerate smartly away from the lights on a cold wet day, the reassuring grip and traction of all-wheel drive is the other essential ingredient in a Bentley's high performance capability.
Bentley's V8 engine is astonishing, not just for what it does but also for the way it does it. The power and torque figures of 500 bhp and 660 Nm from 4 litres alone would indicate that the V8 is an advanced high performance engine. But take into consideration that the GT coupé's CO2 emissions are a mere 246 g/km and it's clear that this engine's technology is world-leading. Even though the Bentley develops a full 500 bhp, its power to emissions ratio sets a new benchmark that will take most rivals years to equal.
The Continental GT V8 Convertible is a sensational open tourer when the weather permits and a practical year-round proposition, as well-insulated and refined as a coupé, thanks to its four-layer insulated roof. Inside, the 'cobra head' front seats can be specified with an optional neck warmer feature, tempting you to enjoy open-top motoring on your way to the ski run. Choose the optional front seat ventilation system, and excess heat is drawn out of the seat backrest and cushion by silent-running fans, allowing you to experience summer sunshine while remaining cool.
Four years is a short span of time in which to develop a revolutionary engine, yet Bentley's commitment in 2008 to develop a GT capable of a 40% increase in fuel-efficiency has now been achieved with the V8. It can be admitted, however, that Bentley already had expertise in one technology: variable displacement, where four of the eight cylinders are effectively switched off at gentle throttle openings. That technology now makes its appearance in the new direct injection V8. Watch our V8 film to learn more about this impressive technology.
The Continental GT V8 Convertible's infotainment system is every bit as compact, powerful and technologically advanced as the cars that houses it. As standard the Continental GT V8 Convertible comes with an eight channel, eight speaker system, with 15GB of storage for music. Music can be played via an iPod, MP3 player, the car's own six-disc CD changer or even an SD card.
The touch-screen navigation system includes live traffic data*, online access for point of interest searches*, a 30GB hard disc drive offering rapid access to a continent-full of mapping and even the option of satellite landscape imagery*. As you drive, it provides real time monitoring of your tyre pressures, access to your phone contacts (either via Bluetooth or by inserting your SIM card) and the opportunity to zoom in or out of mapping at the slightest touch of a finger.
* Not available in all markets
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