All-New Bentley Continental GT Convertible
By Shereen Shabnam
My tryst with Bentley recently had me up, close and personal with the third generation Bentley Continental GT model which represents all Bentley knows about creating the world’s definitive Grand Tourers.
Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain, Bentley has outdone itself in creating the world’s most stylish and elegant Grand Tourers – the GT Convertible is the very essence of the luxury brand.
A head turner with the roof up or down, GT Convertible’s flowing, and elegant exterior styling is accented with muscular, sculptural lines. The unique Z-fold convertible roof system represents a major improvement both in terms of refinement and packaging. The elegantly tailored convertible roof sweeps open in 19 seconds to reveal exquisite, luxurious handcrafted interior with sophisticated luxury features.
The roof, with its sealing system improvements and acoustic treatments, contributes to a three-decibel reduction in overall noise levels compared to its predecessor at typical cruising speeds. The Convertible’s profile is longer and lower than its predecessor but the key signature power lines still dominate.
Behind the wheel, the driver-orientated instrument panel is fully digital and can be personalised by the driver. The new Continental GT Convertible showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology.
The finest handcrafted materials and in-car technologies harmonise to create a connected, personalised cabin. The Bentley Rotating Display offers customers option of a digital detox and easy to use. The advanced, fully digital, driver-focused instrument panel for the driver is among the suite of innovations.
When the engine start button is pressed, the veneer in the middle of the dashboard glides silently forward and rotates to reveal Bentley’s largest-ever touchscreen, a 12.3” high-definition-quality digital MMI display, elegantly designed by Bentley with a customer-configurable home screen.
In motion, drivers will enjoy the powerful and responsive driving experience from the 635 PS W12 engine, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and the latest chassis technologies. A powerful 6.0-litre Bentley W12 engine heightens the sensory experience of open-air motoring with exhilarating performance accelerating 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds) with a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).
Elegant, sophisticated and refined, the all-new Continental GT Convertible is the pinnacle of open-top luxury Grand Touring with sophisticated comfort features that create a luxurious driving experience. The 20-way adjustable Comfort Seats set new industry standards in comfort and refinement.
Bentley has worked together with Pirelli to create bespoke tyres for the new Continental GT Convertible right from the very beginning of the design phase. The latest material compounds help the tyre respond more directly to driver inputs, ensuring a dynamic experience that is balanced and communicative.
As the most sought after luxury car brand in the world, Bentley Motors combines fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley.
And the all-new Continental GT Convertible redefines personalisation with paint, leather, veneer and lifestyle options that are virtually unlimited and tailored to the individual. Bentley’s personal commissioning division will respond to the most intricate bespoke customer requirements.
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