Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible is pricey and purple

Thanks to its revised 6-litre W12 engine, the facelifted Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible is claimed to be the world’s fastest.

The twin turbocharged W12 pumps out 459kW (616hp) of power and 800Nm of torque to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Top speed, according to Bentley, is 325km/h (202mph), and will go from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds. Driven sedately the GT Speed convertible will drink 22.7L/100km in the city, 10.4L/100km on the highway and 14.9L/100km combined.

Like its coupe sibling, the GT Speed convertible rides on 21-inch alloy wheels and is 10mm lower to the ground than regular Continentals. The car also comes with a self-levelling suspension system and Mulliner Driving Specification interior that features diamond-shaped quilted leather and dark aluminium finishes. The entertainment and nav system comes replete with 15GB of music storage, and can be optioned with satellite landscape imagery and a top-of-the-range Naim sound package.

The Bentley GT Speed convertible will step out in public for the first time at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]