Bentley Take Wraps off 2019 Continental GT Convertible in Los Angeles

By Paul Joseph

Less than twelve months ago iconic British car marquee Bentley unveiled their third generation Continental GT – and now they’ve taken the wraps off the convertible version of the lavish grand tourer.

The top down model had its debut in the prestigious environs of the Los Angeles Auto Show, which kicked off on Friday, where it grabbed the attention of the thousands of car enthusiasts, industry figures and global media in attendance.

The 2019 Continental GT Convertible is almost identical to the coupe sibling, and is powered by the same 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine that churns out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

Just like the coupe, the convertible gets cylinder-deactivation for improved fuel economy, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, 48-volt control system, and variable all-wheel drive. Bentley claims that the two-ton-plus GT car can go from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 207mph.

New features include a canvas Z-fold roof that can be stowed or raised in 19 seconds at up to 30mph. Notably, the car’s fabric top is available for the first time in a tweed-like finish, along with seven other colour options.

Despite the fabric top, Bentley claims the new convertible is three decibels quieter on the move than its predecessor, making it just as quite inside as the previous generation Continental GT Coupe.

To keep passengers cosy when the roof is down, the car also features a neck-warming system, heated seats, arm rests and heated steering wheel.

Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but is expected to be significantly higher than the hardtop, which starts at $214,600.

The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show until 9 December.

By Paul Joseph