06 January 2009

Class A

Bentley unveils its most powerful convertible ever, the Conti GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Responding sensibly to the delicate economic climate of early 2009, Bentley has just released details on its most powerful convertible ever, the 600bhp Continental GTC Speed.

Essentially the drop-top version of the GT Speed, the big convertible’s W12 engine gets a 48bhp jump over the sluggish stock GTC, meaning it’ll now hit 60mph in a scant 4.5 seconds, and manage 200mph with the roof up.

Roof down, you’ll top out at a mere 195mph which, disappointingly, may mean your rear-seat passengers actually still have their faces.

The GTC Speed also gets dropped suspension along with stiffer springs and dampers, as well as a new ‘Dynamic’ ESP mode, which allows ‘increased wheel slip at higher speeds’. Which, we believe, translates to ‘you’re on your own, sonny’.

Visually, there’s a new grille, bumper and air intakes at the front, with bigger tailpipes and a new bootlid spoiler at the back. 20-inch alloys and high-performance Pirelli tyres complete the picture.

The non-Speed GTC has also had a mild refresh, but it’s all about the Speed now. All £146,100 of it. Thank goodness for the new lower VAT rate, or that’d be, er, some more…

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