➤ Powered by either a 6.0-litre V12 or a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, Bentley’s new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible represents everything that the British marque knows about creating the world’s most stylish and luxurious Grand Tourers.
Who doesn’t love a convertible? From the evergreen ‘best-bang-for-your-buck’ Mazda MX-5 through to the feral Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, true roofless aficionados know there are many reasons for having one on your driveway – but, bragging rights aside, most reasons are sensory.
Exposed as you are to nature’s elements, there is a the heightened sense of motion, the rushing of passing scenery, the fragrance of fresh, open air as dappled shade flickers over your Ray-Bans. Ah…good times!
Another reason is all to do with hearing; the arresting dissonance of a well-tuned engine, a gasping turbo or two and a canorous finale via a handsome set of rear steel pipes. Nothing speaks freedom like driving a high speed convertible on a long stretch of highway, accompanied by delicious audible notes. It’s one of those moments that tell you you’re truly alive.
Now, how about adding a healthy smattering of ultimate luxury to the open-top equation?
Enter Bentley’s new Continental GT Mulliner Convertible. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in the UK, the GT Mulliner Convertible is the very essence of Bentley luxury representing everything that the British marque knows about creating the world’s most stylish and luxurious Grand Tourers.
Elegantly sculptured exterior styling complements the handcrafted cabin perfectly, starting with the cut-crystal inspired, precision-made headlamps, bespoke Mulliner-branded side vents and the introduction of the bold new Double Diamond front grille beautifully outlined and bisected by a sleek chrome strip.
The car’s muscular stance is rounded off by all-new 22-inch 10-spoke wheels that have been polished, painted and appointed with self-levelling wheel badges that stay upright even as the wheel turns. Not that anyone will notice when the Mulliner GT Convertible comes whizzing by at its 207mph top speed.
Either a 6.0-litre V12 or 4.0-litre V8 powertrain will be offered. When equipped with Bentley’s twin-turbocharged V12, the Continental GT Mulliner Convertible accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 3.8 secs and is capable of the aforementioned top speed. The newly introduced 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 on the other hand, delivers a top speed of 197mph and 0-62mph time of 4.1 secs.
Inside the GT Mulliner Convertible, Bentley’s signature Double Diamond design permeates, inspired by the brand’s exclusive Diamond-in-Diamond interior quilting marked by an embroidery process that took 18 months to develop – according to the marque. The result is a unique and elegant stitching pattern that visibly wraps the door casings, rear quarters, tonneau cover and all four seats – WG.