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New Continental GT V8 S Convertible

Only one thing could make the roar of the Continental GT’s monstrous V8 engine sound even more exciting: hearing it from the outside. And for those whose grand tour deserves nothing less than a heart-pumping soundtrack, there is no experience quite as intense as driving the new Continental GT V8 S Convertible.

Complete with a redesigned front spoiler and rear diffuser, for a sportier and more confident stance, and a new, dynamically-styled fender badge that is sure to become a future design classic, the new V8 S Convertible is an irresistible proposition for every journey.

But this supercar performance doesn’t mean a compromise on comfort. Thanks to the four layer construction of its retractable roof, the GT Convertible accommodates up to four people with the hood up in the same unflustered refinement as its hard-topped sibling.

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CONTINENTAL GT V8 S CONVERTIBLE BLACK EDITION

The Bentley Continental V8 S coupé now comes in an exclusive Black Edition. From the black 21” Seven Spoke wheels up (fitted as standard), every detail has been considered. All the external brightware has been replaced with blackware, including the lower fender and headlamp bezels. Dark tint front lamps with Black washer cap and Dark tint Rear lamps with Black Bezel, now fitted as standard, complete the look.

For the exterior aerokit, customers can choose from four striking accent colours –– St James’ Red, Hallmark, Beluga and Cyber Yellow. Add matching door mirrors as a cost option. You can also specify the brake calliper colour to either blend in with the rest of the car or to stand out in a bold, contrasting statement.

Inside, a unique colour split with a matching interior accent has been applied to the GT design seats by Mulliner. Slide into the seven-flute driver’s seat and you are presented with a Sports single tone three-spoke steering wheel. Choose the Mulliner Driving Specification and you will also enjoy dynamic contrast stitching to the diamond quilting, contrast stitching on the steering wheel and Black 21” Five Spoke Directional wheels.

Click here to find your nearest Bentley dealer, who can tell you more about this special edition. Alternatively, register your interest in V8 S Black Edition here.

Design

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Exterior Design

From the familiar Bentley powerline running down the side of the car to its sleek electric roof, the Continental GT V8 S Convertible looks every bit as sophisticated as any convertible Bentley – but with the added sporting edge that comes from a series of new S model exterior details.

The look is complemented by newly designed 20” open-spoke wheels and red painted brake callipers. Beluga gloss door mirrors to match the lower body details and dark tint lamps to the front and rear are new options on the GT V8 S Convertible that add additional edge to the exterior aesthetic.

Meanwhile, Beluga-gloss lower body styling features – front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser – deliver more than mere aesthetics. They improve the car’s aerodynamics by reducing front-end lift, improving stability at higher speeds.

To herald these new design statements, new all-bright fender vents sit proudly behind the front wheels.

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Interior Design

When you sit beneath the four-layer insulated roof, it’s easy to forget you’re in a convertible, such is the craftsmanship of the roof.

A shorter centre console gives rear seat passengers even more space while, in combination with the elegant Continental instrumentation, gives the impression of an aeronautical cockpit. Piano Black veneers, sanded and lacquered up to eighteen times during the application process, are available as standard throughout the interior.

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Improved Aerodynamics

The Continental GT V8 S Convertible brings a sleek and sporty edge to the Continental family, a grand tourer now well established in the vanguard of luxury car design. Beluga gloss body trim and door mirrors complement the newly designed 20” open-spoke wheels, bringing a promise of supreme performance before you even start the engine.

Meanwhile, Beluga-gloss lower body styling features – front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser – deliver more than mere aesthetics. They improve the car’s aerodynamics by reducing front-end lift, improving stability at higher speeds.

Performance

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Engineering

Beneath the bonnet of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible beats a monstrous heart: a 4.0 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine generating 680 Newton metres (502 lb.ft) of torque.

Despite its muscular powerplant, the Continental GT V8 S Convertible is remarkably efficient with CO2 emissions at a mere 258 g/km, due in no small part to the use of variable displacement.

Additionally, for the ultimate in efficient performance, the engineering team introduced hot-side inside (HSI) technology: in essence, a method of reducing both energy wastage and engine weight by mounting the turbochargers within the ‘V’ of the V8 cylinder arrangement. The result of all this innovation is a Continental GT V8 S Convertible with improved power performance, with no penalty to fuel economy or emissions.

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Suspension

The suspension has been lowered by 10 mm and the springs and damping revised front and back. Alongside uprated anti-roll bars, this improves agility, control and balance, while the recalibrated steering enhances driver feedback and feel. The suspension is also tuned differently for coupé and convertible models to optimise performance for each body type.

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Open-Air Driving

At the flick of a switch, the four-layer insulated roof of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible folds down, to expose driver and occupants to the sun. Even if you set off before deciding, the top can still be folded down at speeds of up to 20 mph.

Once in motion, the upgraded Continental chassis and suspension system combine to provide a more responsive drive, while the satisfying roar of the 4.0 litre twin turbocharged V8 engine – all the more important when driving with the top down, comes with the option of a sports exhaust system with a revised pipe architecture, redesigned silencers and re-tuned mountings.

Personalisation

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Colour and Choice

The roof of your Bentley offers a further opportunity for personalisation. The external fabric used in the four-layer hood on the convertible can be specified in your choice of colour: there is a range of standard 8 colours from which to choose, or you can choose to further personalise your colour choice.

For the interior, an addition veneer is now available for GT V8 S Convertible: Dark Stained Madrona. And new for 2016, on the GT V8 S Convertible you can now choose to add unique GT V8 S headrest embroidery.

Visit our Bentley Configurator to see the impressive range of hide combinations available for the GT V8 S Convertible and contact your dealer to learn more about the possibilities for making your GT V8 S Convertible truly yours.

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All Weather Specification

The roof of the Continental GT V8 S Convertible is so well insulated that, with the top up, it’s easy to believe you’re in a coupé. With the top down, however, there are several features designed specifically to enhance the thrill of open-top grand touring.

Heated front seats are a standard feature whereas integrated neck warmers, a wind deflector and a heated steering wheel are all included in the All Seasons Specification package or as separate options, taking the chill off any cold-weather drive.

For more information on the Continental GT V8 S Convertible Specification, please visit our Bentley Configurator.

Max power
528 PS / 520 bhp / 388 kw @ 6000 rpm
Max torque
680 Nm / 502 lb.ft @ 1700 rpm
Engine capacity
3993 cc
Fuel type
98 (95) RON
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph 4.5 seconds, 0 - 100 km/h 4.7 seconds
Max speed
191 mph / 308 km/h
CO2 EU Drivecycle
Type Approved
Combined
25.4 mpg 11.1 litres / 100 km
Urban
17.5 mpg 16.1 litres / 100 km
Extra urban
34.9 mpg 8.1 litres / 100 km
CO2 EPA Drivecycle
Type Approved
City driving (US)
14 USmpg
Highway driving (US)
24 USmpg
Combined (US)
17 USmpg
CO2 emissions
258 g/km
Efficiency class
M
Emission Controls
EU 6 / ULEV

Weights and Volumes

Kerb Weight
2470 kg / 5445 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight
2900 kg / 6393 lb
Boot Volume
260 litres / 9.1 cu ft
Fuel Tank Capacity
90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 US gallons

Dimensions

Overall Length
4818 mm / 189.7 in
Width Across Mirrors
2226 mm / 87.6 in
Width With Folded Mirror
1947 mm / 76.7 in
Overall Height
1390 mm / 54.7 in
Wheelbase
2746 mm / 108 in
Veneer
Piano Black veneer
Gear lever
Knurled sports gear lever
Hides and colour splits
Full choice of 17 hide colours and colour splits
Mulliner Driving Specification Interior Features
Optional
Engine
4.0 litre twin turbo-charged V8 engine producing 528PS & 680Nm of torque
Suspension
Air springs with continous damping control. Sports suspension set-up with electronic height adjustment facility
Wheels
20" Open-spoke design alloy wheels
Brakes
Iron brakes with Red painted brake callipers
Radiator Matrix
Gloss black front radiator matrix
Tailpipe
Twin figure of eight tailpipes
Headlights
Bi-Xenon headlights incorporating LED main beam support function
Taillights
LED taillights
Exterior badges
Red brand logos and V8 S fender badges
Body styling
Beluga gloss Lower Body Styling Specification
Colour Specification
Standard
Knurled gear shifter
Standard
New Standard Feature
New Dark Stained Madrona veneer
Premier Specification
Interior Style Specification - Contrast Stitch
Interior Style Specification - Cross Stitch
All-Seasons Specification
All-Seasons Specification
GT V8 S Sports Specification
Extended GT V8 S Sports Specification
Dark tint front and rear lamps
Beluga gloss door mirrors
Sports exhaust
Massage/ventilated seats
21" Alloy wheels
Jewel fuel and oil filler caps
Carbon ceramic brakes
Naim Audio System
Adaptive Cruise Control
Twin front arm rests
NEW V8 S logo emblem stitching option