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A NEW BENTLEY ENGINE EARNS ITS WINGS.
Although closely related to the GT, the Continental GT V8 Convertible has its own distinct character. Those iconic Bentley features of dominant bonnet line, prominent matrix grille and twin large inner headlamps confirm its pedigree, while the wide track and four-square stance emphasise the performance focus of an all-wheel drive supercar. At the rear, wrap-around lamps accentuate the low, wide proportions, flanking a distinctive Bentley ‘double-horseshoe’ boot lid with a spoiler on its upper edge.
Distinguishing features for the V8 model include a red enamel winged ‘B’ badge, gloss black grille with bright chrome surround, three-segment front bumper and the ‘figure eight’ tailpipes at the rear.
To call this car a convertible understates its capabilities. It is both a sensational open tourer when the weather permits and a practical year-round proposition, as well insulated and refined as a coupé thanks to its four-layer roof.
And for the owner of a Continental GT V8 Convertible, one of the incidental pleasures of hood-down motoring is the chance to enjoy the V8’s mechanical symphony…in full surround sound.
WITH POWER COMES RESPONSIBILITY.
Press the start button on the advanced new 4 litre V8 engine and its inspiring repertoire of sounds is brought to life. From the deep V8 burble at low engine speeds to the rising growl and rasp as the car accelerates.
Bentley’s new V8 develops a massive 660 Nm of torque at the comparatively low engine speed of 1700 rpm. Catapulting the Continental GT V8 Convertible from a standing start to 60 miles an hour in just 4.7 seconds, and on to a potential top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).
A new 8-speed transmission delivers faster, smoother gear changes, and accounts for 6% of the total 40% efficiency gain achieved by the V8. Its greater number of ratios ensures that the engine is always working at its most efficient gearing.
NOT ALL THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IS UNDER THE BONNET.
The Continental GT V8 Convertible’s infotainment system is every bit as compact, powerful and technologically advanced as the cars that houses it. As standard the Continental GT V8 Convertible comes with an eight channel, eight speaker system, with 15GB of storage for music. Music can be played via an iPod, MP3 player, the car’s own six-disc CD changer or even an SD card.
As for the ‘info’ in ‘infotainment’, the effortless touch-screen navigation system includes live traffic data*, online access for point of interest searches*, a 30GB hard disc drive offering rapid access to a continent-full of mapping and even the option of satellite landscape imagery*. As you drive, it provides real time monitoring of your tyre pressures, access to your phone contacts (either via Bluetooth or by inserting your SIM card) and the opportunity to zoom in or out of mapping at the slightest touch of a finger.
EVERY SURFACE YOU TOUCH, EVERY CONTROL YOU USE, IS DEVELOPED TO BOND DRIVER WITH MACHINE.
Traditional crafts of wood, leather and knurled metal are expressed in a crisp and modern design language all to capture the sporting, youthful spirit of the V8.
The symmetrical fascia was inspired by the Bentley winged ‘B’, and features a ‘flying buttress’ centre stack and open illuminated stowage.
Inside, the ‘cobra head’ front seats can be specified with an optional neck warmer feature, tempting you to enjoy open-top motoring on your way to the ski run. Choose the optional front seat ventilation system, and excess heat is drawn out of the seat backrest and cushion by silent-running fans, allowing you to experience summer sunshine while remaining cool. Unique to the Continental V8 models is the Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer trim, giving the interior a fresh, contemporary look.
A LEAN AND MUSCULAR LOOK ENTIRELY IN KEEPING WITH THE POWERTRAIN BENEATH IT.
The Crewe styling team has created a Bentley convertible of elegantly tailored lines and muscular form, with the precise crease of the front wings shaped by advanced aluminium super forming technology.
Those distinctive large, close-set inner headlamps are ringed by jewel-like LED lights. At the rear, Bentley’s signature ‘floating’ LED lights draw ones eye to the extremities of the car, emphasising its low, wide stance. A shape that echoes some of the great Bentley grand tourers of the past, yet the design is clean, contemporary and fresh.
The V8’s character is emphasised by the gloss black mesh grille, ringed in bright chrome, the aggressive jut of the three-segment front bumper and by the blacked-out rear valance with those tell-tale figure-of-eight exhaust tailpipes.