The new 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible has just been revealed by Crewe and it will go on sale next year weighing less than ever and putting down 626 horsepower
When it comes to a lightweight Bentley – see, the body of the new 2019 Continental GT Convertible weighs 20 percent less than before – before you go any further just remember to adjust for conceptual inflation. Over at Bentley, the concept of lightweight design amounts to a two-passenger convertible that’s as heavy as a Range Rover, although you can’t fit this many dead cows into the back of a Range Rover. (You think we’re joking – Bentley uses nine hides in the interior of one Conti…)
And yet for what it is – a 12-cylinder continent crusher with six litres, two turbochargers, eight speeds, and four driven wheels – the third-generation Bentley Continental GT Convertible really is lighter and stiffer than its predecessor despite still using a soft-top instead of an even bulkier hard-top roof.
And you’d think that a fabric roof wouldn’t really go with the territory, what with the wind noise and all, but Bentley claims the new Continental GT Convertible is as quiet inside as the old Coupe, which seems pretty neat.
Also neat, the Continental GT Convertible comes with the company’s (and Porsche’s, and Audi’s, etc…) 48-volt electric to power the dynamic chassis for maximum comfort slash dynamics. With a 40:60 power split, the 626bhp W12 engine propels the drop-top to 100km/h from rest in 3.8 seconds and keeps the thing going all the way to 333km/h.
You can open the roof up in 19 seconds on the move, and for the first time you can also specify a tweed fabric roof if that’s your thing. On cooler drives, the neckwarmer integrated into the seats is now warmer and quieter, although you’ll probably care more for the air conditioned seat ventilation.
When it comes to the UAE you can expect to pay a million dirhams for one of these next year, otherwise try the Aston Martin DB11 Volante or the Mercedes-AMG S65 Convertible.