DETROIT LIVE: Bentley debuts 202-mph Continental GT Speed Convertible image

Bentley is using the 2013 Detroit auto show to premiere the „world’s fastest four-seat convertible” – the GT Speed Convertible.

Bentley’s open-top performance flagship is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 625 horsepower, while delivering a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency. Mated to a close-ratio eight-speed transmission, the engine catapults the GT Speed Convertible to a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h).

The car has uprated and lowered suspension and retuned steering that Bentley says „provide exhilarating acceleration and sharp, communicative handling without detriment to the renowned ride comfort of Bentley’s Continental convertible”. Permanent all-wheel drive ensures optimum traction and power delivery whatever the road conditions.

The GT Speed Convertible features subtle sporting design cues including exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels, dark-tint grilles and ‘rifled’ exhaust tail pipes. Inside its handcrafted cabin, the GT Speed Convertible features the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard, blending contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character.

“The new Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible is a truly breath-taking Grand Tourer, promising supercar performance and high end luxury, with the added thrill of open top motoring. This unveiling maintains our position as the largest producer of high luxury cars in the world, with our market share continuing to grow,” said Bentley’s CEO Wolfgang Schreiber at the Detroit press conference.

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