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January 2, 2013updated Aug 21, 2013

Bentley to Debut GT Speed Convertible at North American International Auto Show

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Detroit, Michigan—Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Making its international debut on 14th January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Continental GT Speed Convertible, Bentley’s new open-top performance flagship—and the world’s fastest four-seat convertible—is sure to turn as many heads as it has laps at the test track.

Combining the sensory pleasures of roof-down luxury touring with the shattering performance of a 616 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 6.0 liter W12, the new GT Speed Convertible delivers both unparalleled performance and a fifteen percent improvement in fuel efficiency. The close-ratio eight-speed transmission, lowered suspension and retuned steering provide exhilarating acceleration and sharp, communicative handling without sacrificing the renowned ride comfort of Bentley’s Continental convertible.

Taking its place at the pinnacle of the Bentley Continental range, the new GT Speed Convertible has a top speed of 202 mph and, in true Bentley style, no compromises have been made in craftsmanship, luxury or refinement. More than just a straight-line blur, however, the GT Speed Convertible’s permanent all-wheel drive ensures optimum traction and power delivery in both the best and worst conditions.

Matching the GT Speed Convertible’s performance figures are subtle sporting design cues including exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels, dark-tint grilles and ‘rifled’ exhaust tail pipes. Inside its handcrafted cabin, the GT Speed convertible features standard Mulliner Driving Specification, blending contemporary luxury with a distinctly sporting character.

“Following the recent successful introduction of the GT Speed,” said Bentley Chairman and Chief Executive Dr Wolfgang Schreiber “the new GT Speed Convertible will appeal to drivers who seek the sensory thrills of the world’s fastest four-seat soft-top and the practicality of a year-round grand tourer, together with unrivalled levels of luxury and refinement. It is designed for those who accept no compromise.”

So if you demand both performance and luxury from your car, make sure to start the engines of 2013 with the Bentley GT Speed Convertible.

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