GT Speed goes topless

Posted on: January 2nd, 2013


While the Bentley GT Speed was making waves in recent months as the British carmaker’s fastest production car to date, the guys at Crewe were already working on removing the roof off Bentley’s latest creation. Enter the GT Speed Convertible – a topless variant of the Speed which also happens to be the fastest four-seat convertible in the world.

Like the GT Speed coupe on which it is based on, the Convertible’s powertrain is made up of a 616bhp twin-turbocharged W12 engine mated to an eight-speed ZF transmission. The engine also produces a whopping 800Nm of torque and this translates to a century sprint time of merely 4.4 seconds. Top speed is rated at 325kph – slightly under the coupe’s top speed of 330kph. These figures are made even more impressive once you take into account that this British barge weighs in at about 2.5 tonnes.

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Bentley claims that the Speed Convertible boasts class leading torsional stiffness rated at 22,500Nm/degree, which provides a rigid foundation for a more engaging driving experience despite the car losing its roof. The car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is also tweaked to help optimize performance, but retains the ‘Dynamic Mode’ setting that allows increased wheel slip at high speeds.

In terms of visual impact, the exterior is typically Bentley – generously lined with dark-tint chrome on the grilles and intake vents. The Convertible rides on 21-inch wheels which are made to look even more imposing given that the suspension has been lowered by 10mm. The four-seat cabin is also typical of the brand, boasting hand-crafted Mulliner upholstery and a state-of-the-art infotainment system hidden amidst the luxurious interior.

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We’ve taken the GT Speed Coupe for a spin and you can find the story in the January issue of TopGear Malaysia. For more pictures of the Convertible, head on to our Facebook page.

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