Friday, 4 January 2013

World’s fastest four-seat convertible: 2013 Bentley GT Speed Convertible unveiled

The world’s fastest four-seat convertible today is the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible. It has a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h) and will make its international debut at the North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) on January 14, 2013.

2013 Bentley GT Speed Convertible

This latest Continental GT Speed Convertible sports a 625 PS (616 bhp) twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter W12 engine, powering the vehicle to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds (0-100 kph in 4.4 seconds). 

This 2013 GT Speed Convertible, a successor of the old Bentley Speed Convertible, which is 7-mph slower, is 3-mph slower than the GT Speed Coupe that has a top speed of 205 mph (330 kph). In addition, it has a gross weight of 2900 kg (6393 lbs), slightly heavier than the GT Speed, which weighs 2750 kg (6063 lbs).

“Following the recent successful introduction of the GT Speed, the new GT Speed Convertible will appeal to drivers who seek the sensory thrills of the world’s fastest four-seat soft-top and the practicality of a year-round grand tourer, together with unrivalled levels of luxury and refinement.” Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Bentley Chairman and CEO said.

“It is designed for those who accept no compromise.” Dr. Schreiber added, with the GT Speed Convertible also sporting a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with Quickshift, Block Shifting and a wheel-mounted paddleshift, having a driveline of continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias).

For the exterior part, the Continental GT Speed Convertible has a 10 mm lower suspension, a set of unique 21″ Speed alloy wheels. These are available in silver or an optional dark tint; along with dark chrome air intakes and radiator grille, as well as enlarged tailpipes with rifled interiors.

For the interior part, it features the hand-made specialty from the Mulliner Driving Specification, and offering an exclusive Dark Tint Aluminium ‘engine spin’ finish, inspired by the dashboard of the Bentley‘s Le Mans in the 1920s.

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