AUTOMOTO & 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible review notes

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2013 Bentley Continental GT Convertible review notes

EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: 2013 Bentley Continental GT convertible is the most expensive car ever driven for an extended of time. I enjoyed the heck out of it, but are several cars I would my house-sized pile of money on There were some fun though.

The good times finding a VIP parking spot in front of the trendy pizza in my neighborhood. After dinner we talking outside and relaxing a crowd, and then I jumped in the big unannounced, to the confused look of the Or showing the heavy metal key to a brother-in-law, making him ask incredulously, you buy it?!” Ha.

I like the Bentley GT coupe on its own merits. Disregarding the I love the shape of the sheetmetal, the grille, twin headlights and cat-like appearance with the It looks like a rapper or player should be driving.

The can accommodate them because the seats slide so far back. a could probably slide the wheel.

I#8217;m not a fan, however, of the The lines of the coupe#8217;s roof the GT look badass, the cloth top it look like a glorified sorry, Bentley #8212; Sebring.

But, from the seat, you don#8217;t notice any of All you can feel is the comfort of the seats, with massage, heating, and adjustments, can cradle you in any way imaginable. sorry I only noticed the at the end of my weekend.

The steering wheel is and feels hefty in the hands, it is easy to steer at slow The paddle shifters work as long as you#8217;re on the throttle; a little lazier when I did grab the turn signal and wiper stalk a few times on understandable since they are right below.

I think a little too close. The wheel skip dial is super to be precise with; I just up switching to AM or skipping nine at once.

On that same the radio wasn#8217;t even to where it needed to be. It hesitated too when switching functions or and there#8217;s no easy way to control it. think Bentley could a page from Audi#8217;s

It was, of course, loud and the quality is great from the system. The rearview camera worked great.

It took me a few but I got my phone hooked up through and could play all of my audio wirelessly.

Alright, the Bentley GT Speed convertible#8217;s piece de is its Earth-moving W12 engine. This brick shoots out of the box like a mowing down small in its way. It does jiggle a bit on the ones.

It#8217;s kind of to be in something so big, taking off so Obviously going from mph or 80-120 mph makes no difference; the same amount of “fast.” The W12 makes a decent noise it#8217;s doing it, too. In mode the exhaust gets the throttle gets more and the suspension tightens up as well. It stiff and sporty, but still in corners.

The brakes are rock solid, this bruiser down to a speed with a medium-sized plant on the metal-accented pedal.

It was fun to this car for the weekend, despite not able to drop the top because of the but give me a triple black, GT coupe and I#8217;ll show you a car beats some of the best in the

ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM I was grabbing some groceries in the Continental GT Speed convertible and complimented me in the parking lot. car,” he said.

“I know,” I offhandedly. “It#8217;s the fastest ever, too.”

As the words my mouth I realized that I had made a total … of to a complete stranger. To my knowledge never met a newer Bentley but I hope they#8217;d be a little blasé when someone them a compliment. Bentley of the world, sorry for making you look like jerks.

But the thing: I wasn#8217;t even Yes, the Continental GT Speed is the fastest production Bentley to Its top speed is 204 mph.

But this was the convertible, and apparently engineers decided that more than 202 mph with the top will rip hair follicles your head and detune the ever so slightly. Consequently, it is percent slower.

I did not go that with the top down (or up). I even manage half the speed, and the top remained up due to rain. But the 5,500-pound car lightens up considerably at I don#8217;t think it will any less like an all-wheel locomotive when (if) you the double-century mark.

Thank the W12 for that. It goes without that it supplies more enough everything to propel the car you could drop four and still achieve similar as the V8-powered Continental very demonstrates. But match the big 6.0-liter#8217;s horsepower and torque reserves the vehicle#8217;s heft and plush #8212; one of the nicest and most appointed cockpits I#8217;ve sat in, and one that reminds me about how richer the world would be if car companies embraced engine #8212; and the result is not anything could be called a sports

Oh, turn the suspension to “sport” and you can actually feel the road you: Change the settings via a slider on the central touchscreen and the are immediately noticeable. And again, theoretical top speed…

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But as much as is a car is a Bentley to drive rather a Bentley to be driven in, it#8217;s a comfy grand tourer than something that force your eyeballs in your sockets. And there#8217;s no problem with that.

what I don#8217;t like: the The sheet metal is getting old dare I say it, stale. Make a car for 10 (especially if it#8217;s a car that has all other models your has produced over the course of its combined), and maybe it#8217;s to consider a substantial style

However, I clearly hold a opinion where styling is as a quick glance at Bentley will show.

Contra Jake, I do not appreciate all the And there#8217;s tons of it, from the to the grille to the random bits of

This is a remarkable, and, what I could tell, crafted, machine. With to burn, you could buy any number of luxury tourers or, alternatively, from a pretty decent of crazy supercars. The Continental GT convertible would seem to be one of the objectionable ways to split the

Just don#8217;t be a jerk if says nice things it, OK?

2013 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Base Price:

As-Tested Price: $283,150

6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12; eight-speed automatic

Output: 616 hp @ rpm, 590 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

Weight: 5,500 lb

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