Bentley’s Continental GT Speed is an easy car to fall for. It’s fast, handsome, and the interior is opulent in a way only British luxury vehicles can be — handcrafted to perfection. We like it so much that the convertible won our Luxury Car of the Year award in 2015, but Bentley’s latest version kicks everything up a notch.
For 2017, the entire GT Speed lineup gets a massaged version of Bentley’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12. The massive powerplant now makes 633 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque, which are not only improvements of 7 hp and 15 lb-ft. over last year, they officially make the 2017 model the most powerful Bentley ever. Flat out, the big Brit will sprint to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and top out at a lofty 206 mph.
The luxury coupe comes in four flavors — the GT Speed ($240,300), the GT Speed Black Edition ($253,235), the GT Speed Convertible ($264,300), and the GT Speed Convertible Black Edition ($277,235). Separating the quartet are a variety of trim packages that include unique exterior finishes, wheel options, and interior decorations, however there aren’t any notable mechanical differences. That said, the blue and red “Open Ocean” configuration is probably worth the price of admission on its own.
U.S. Bentley dealers are taking orders now, with deliveries starting in summer.
Owning a new Continental GT Speed would make 99 percent of the driving world happy, but if you’re less about performance and more about pure opulence, the rumored Mulsanne Convertible could be right up your alley.
Bentley’s topless flagship has not been confirmed yet, but if given the green light, it could launch in low volumes sometime in the next two years. It’ll definitely cost you though, as the iconic two-door will likely cost upward of $1 million. Read more about the car here, and keep your fingers crossed.