Only one thing could make the roar of the Continental GTs monstrous V8 engine sound even more exciting: hearing it from the outside. And for those whose grand tour deserves nothing less than a heart-pumping soundtrack, there is no experience quite as intense as driving the new Continental GT V8 S Convertible.
Complete with a redesigned front spoiler and rear diffuser, for a sportier and more confident stance, and a new, dynamically-styled fender badge that is sure to become a future design classic, the new V8 S Convertible is an irresistible proposition for every journey.
But this supercar performance doesn't mean a compromise on comfort. Thanks to the four layer construction of its retractable roof, the GT Convertible accommodates up to four people with the hood up in the same unflustered refinement as its hard-topped sibling.
From the familiar Bentley power line running down the side of the car to its sleek electric roof, the Continental GT V8 S Convertible looks every bit as sophisticated as any convertible Bentley but with the added sporting edge that comes from a series of new S model exterior details.
The look is complemented by newly designed 20 open-spoke wheels and red painted brake callipers. Beluga gloss door mirrors to match the lower body details and dark tint lamps to the front and rear are new options on the GT V8 S Convertible that add additional edge to the exterior aesthetic.
The obsessive attention to detail of Bentleys craftsmen is apparent throughout the cabin, where carefully selected leather hides meet smooth metal surfaces to create a striking blend of handcrafted luxury and steely modernism. It can be felt when you first grasp the new steering wheel and climb sublimely through the gears using the paddle-shift gear selectors.
Beneath the bonnet of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible beats a monstrous heart: a 4.0 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine generating 680 Newton meters (502 lb.ft) of torque.
Despite its muscular powerplant, the Continental GT V8 S Convertible is remarkably efficient with CO2 emissions at a mere 258 g/km, due in no small part to the use of variable displacement.
Additionally, for the ultimate in efficient performance, the engineering team introduced hot-side inside (HSI) technology: in essence, a method of reducing both energy wastage and engine weight by mounting the turbochargers within the V of the V8 cylinder arrangement. The result of all this innovation is a Continental GT V8 S Convertible with improved power performance, with no penalty to fuel economy or emissions.
The suspension has been lowered by 10 mm and the springs and damping revised front and back. Alongside uprated anti-roll bars, this improves agility, control and balance, while the recalibrated steering enhances driver feedback and feel. The suspension is also tuned differently for coup and convertible models to optimise performance for each body type.
The Continental GT V8 S Convertible brings a sleek and sporty edge to the Continental family, a grand tourer now well established in the vanguard of luxury car design. Beluga gloss body trim and door mirrors* complement the newly designed 20 open-spoke wheels, bringing a promise of supreme performance before you even start the engine.