Bentley’s New Bentley Continental GT 2013 is not only the worlds fastest four-seat convertible, but it’s also becoming known for its unusual and striking debut colour that many are hoping Bentley will replace by the time it debuts at the Detroit Auto Show later this month.
Here are a few details. The fastest open-top from Bentley comes with a W12, as you would expect, and it packs quite a punch thanks to its twin-turbocharged 625 horses. At 5,500 lbs, the convertible is almost 400 lbs heavier than the GT Speed Coupe, so the 275/35 tyres have to deal with quite a lot while getting all of the 590 lb-ft of torque through the 40:60 (front/rear) permanent all-wheel drive system. The engine handles a lofty 616 bhp hit speeds of over 200 mph! To handle all that power, a close-ratio eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is standard. This also saves 15% of the petrol than the previous model demanded. That of course is only true when the ‘Sport’ mode is switched off. When it’s on, the box will jump from 8th to 4th without hesitation the moment you floor it. As you’d expect, the engineering in Bentley Continental GT 2013 is exceptional. I suppose you wouldn’t expect anything less for a vehicle the price of a small country. But as the saying goes you get what you pay for- swings and roundabouts.
To minimise body roll, the open-top sits 10mm closer to the ground than its hardtop brother, while a tiny duck tail on the boot lid helps the car stay on the road at its 202 mph top speed. Anything else you need to know? Inside, it has all the luxuries you can ever need, and some more, while the infotainment system can store up to 15 gigabytes of… it doesn’t matter because all that music will be on your iPhone.
So what do you make of the new Bentley Continental GT 2013?