Bentley will debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show this month its new open-top performance flagship model--and the world's fastest four-seat convertible--called the Continental GT Speed Convertible.
The GT Speed Convertible is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine that powers the GT Speed Coupe. It puts out 616hp and 800Nm of torque, giving the car a zero-to-100kph sprint time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 325kph.
The GT Speed Convertible also reportedly features an energy recuperation system, and together with its close-ratio, quick-shifting eight-speed transmission, the GT Speed Convertible is supposedly 15 percent more fuel-efficient compared with the first-generation GT Speed.
The Continental GT Speed can be distinguished by its matrix radiator grille and bumper air intakes in a dark-tint chrome finish. Its 21-inch Speed alloy wheels are unique to the model and are available in silver or an optional dark tint. Out back, the large, elliptical exhaust tailpipes feature a rifled interior. According to Bentley, despite the Continental GT Speed's supercar performance, additional spoilers are unnecessary as the gentle lip on the double-horseshoe trunk lid generates all the downforce the car needs, even at over 325kph.
Inside, exclusive treadplates that feature the 'Speed' legend welcome you to a four-seat cabin that features the hand craftsmanship of the Mulliner Driving Specification, like its distinctive diamond-quilted hide upholstery. For the Continental GT Speed models, Bentley also offers an exclusive dark tint aluminum 'engine spin' finish, which drew its inspiration from the dashboards of the Le Mans-winning Bentleys of the 1920s.
"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 unrivaled levels of luxury and refinement," said Bentley chairman and chief executive Wolfgang Schreiber. "It is designed for those who accept no compromise."