Bentley introduced the Speed version for its 2018 Continental GT Convertible and packed more performance-oriented technologies than its non-Speed siblings.
The GT Speed Convertible was the Continental family’s pinnacle and provided the most comprehensive package of luxury and performance on the market. It was Bentley’s way of saying that it produced the fastest four-seat convertible globally.
The 2021 Continental GT Speed Convertible featured similar styling to the rest of the range. The main difference was the black mesh-grille at the front, instead of the silver-metallic one from the regular Continental GT Convertible. On the sides, the car featured unique side sills and 22” light-alloy wheels. Last but not least, a discreet “Speed” badge found its place on the front fenders.
Inside, the GT Speed Convertible showcased Bentley’s expertise in blending luxury materials with race-inspired ones, such as leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber. The carmaker created a unique design for the dashboard, and, in front of the passenger, it installed a “Speed” badge, which matched the one from the front fenders. The driver could have deployed or stowed the Z-fold roof in 19 seconds at the touch of a button.
Apart from the 24 hp increase over the standard Continental GT, the Speed offered more performance-oriented upgrades. The carmaker installed an electronic limited-slip differential, eLSD, for the rear axle that enhanced the traction. Even though it was not considered a sports car, the GT Speed Convertible featured an active suspension and four-wheel steering.