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2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Bentley has introduced the all-new Continental GT Convertible. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Britain – and representing all Bentley knows about creating the world’s most stylish and elegant Grand Tourers – the GT Convertible is the very essence of the luxury brand. Elegant and sculptural exterior styling harmonises perfectly with an exquisite handcrafted cabin, featuring the highest quality leathers and sustainably sourced veneers. The tailored convertible roof can be deployed or stowed in just 19 seconds, with the car travelling at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). This transforms the Bentley Continental GT Convertible from a luxurious coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button. Seven different fabric hood colours are available, including an authentic tweed finish for the first time.

2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

A newly designed neckwarmer (which is both warmer and quieter than in the previous generation model), is seamlessly integrated into the heated Comfort Seats, optimising efficiency and airflow around the electrically adjustable headrests. The styling highlight of the new neckwarmer is a chrome centre vane that stretches the full width of the duct, echoing Bentley’s famous ‘bullseye’ vents. Combined with a heated steering wheel, seat heaters and new heated armrests, these sophisticated comfort features create a luxurious driving experience in all environments. The new powertrain uses the latest engine management technology to produce 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) of torque, and accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds), on to a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph). The new Continental GT Convertible also showcases major evolutions in Bentley’s unique application of technology. The latter features an impressive 12.3″ touchscreen housed in a three-sided unit, which revolves from pure veneer to reveal either a touchscreen or three elegant analogue dials – offering customers the option of a digital detox when desired.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

The exquisite interior of the all-new Continental GT Convertible is a showcase for Bentley’s unrivalled expertise in the use of natural materials, fully revealed to the world when the elegant roof is lowered. From the highest-quality leathers, to rare, sustainably sourced veneers, such as Koa and Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus, the cabin is a triumph for craftsmanship and artisanal skill. Unique dual-veneer is offered, with over 10 square metres of wood used in every car. Customers have the choice of a polished wooden steering wheel too. The dashboard is styled and sculpted by long, flowing wings that mirror the shape of the Bentley badge. Continental GT Convertible customers can choose from eight interior hood lining colours, including Red, Blue and Magnolia. The centre console is finished to match the lower fascia, but can be specified in a new technical finish that is inspired by the delicate mechanical surfacing inside the finest mechanical Swiss watches, known as Côtes de Genève.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

The all-new Bentley Continental GT Convertible is offered at launch with Bentley’s 6.0-litre, W12 TSI engine. Designed, developed and handbuilt in Crewe, it is the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. The new powertrain uses the very latest engine management technology, with 300 million software calculations per second. It produces 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) of torque, accelerating the Convertible to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds), on to a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph). The new engine utilises Start-Stop technology and, in Bentley’s advanced application, coasting is also made possible. The engine rests not only when the vehicle is stationary but also at near-to-stop speeds. The dual-clutch eight-speed transmission provides smooth acceleration and impressively quick gearshifts, hallmarks of the Continental GT character, as well as combined fuel economy of 22.8 mpg (UK) or 12.4 L/100 km (NEDC combined). A new Active All-Wheel-Drive System replaces the traditional 40:60 power delivery split between front and rear wheels respectively, instead varying the front-to-rear torque split dependent upon the driving situation.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

The third generation of Continental GT Convertible features Bentley Dynamic Ride, an advanced 48-volt roll control system for unrivalled car control. The system controls and adjusts the electronic actuators on the anti-roll bar of each axle and so improves handling and ride comfort, as well as making the car feel lighter and more precise. This system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre-to-road contact to deliver class-leading ride comfort and exceptional handling. While conventional anti-roll bars present a compromise between body control and ride comfort, Bentley’s active system provides variable torsional resistance, allowing the Continental GT Convertible to be both dynamically capable and comfortable for all occupants at all times. The use of a 48-volt system results in silent, instantaneous responses and sufficient power on hand to deal with all road surfaces.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Through Bentley’s Drive Dynamics Control different modes can be selected: Comfort mode, Bentley mode or Sport mode; the suspension, engine, gearbox and other chassis systems will modify to match the selected drive mode. Alternatively, the driver can personalise his or her own dynamic settings. The air suspension on the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible uses three-chamber air springs which give the car 60 per cent more air volume in the softest setting than the previous model. This allowed Bentley’s engineers more scope for tuning the suspension to improve the ride comfort and dynamic character of the car. The system offers the scope to vary from sporting spring stiffness to luxury limousine refinement depending upon which mode the driver has selected. As a foundation for this impressive handling, the Continental GT Convertible boasts a body-in-white structure that manages to be both stiffer and lighter than its predecessor. This five per cent improvement in torsional rigidity and 20 per cent reduction in structural weight are achievable thanks to the intelligent utilisation of aluminium and high-tensile steel in the platform.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

The braking system is the most powerful iron system ever fitted to a Bentley, with a total of 28 pistons. Front brake discs measuring 420 mm are a two-piece construction utilising a cast-iron friction ring and aluminium mounting bell. Front calipers feature ten pistons each, while rear calipers contain four pistons each that clamp 380 mm single-piece discs. Brakes of this scale provide the reliable, repeatable stopping performance inherently important to a 200+ mph sporting Grand Tourer. Bentley has worked together with Pirelli to create bespoke tyres for the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible right from the very beginning of the design phase. The car runs exclusively on Pirelli P Zero tyres, using a different tyre size between front and rear axles for the first time, to enhance dynamic ability. During the development process, Pirelli’s engineers sat alongside their counterparts from Bentley, driving and refining the car-tyre package until the perfect balance was reached between performance and comfort. The latest material compounds help the tyre respond more directly to driver inputs, ensuring a dynamic experience that is balanced and communicative.
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible

2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

BMW is forging ahead with its model offensive in the luxury segment with the presentation of an open-top sports car which explores the highest reaches of dynamic flair, emotionality and exclusivity. The new BMW 8-Series Convertible blends ultra-sporty driving properties with distinctive design elegance and an extremely exclusive taste of driving pleasure in an open-top four-seater. The newly developed soft-top roof enhances the two-door car’s low, sporting lines when closed – and its sweeping elegance once open. The powertrain and chassis technology developed for the BMW 8-Series was tuned on the race track as well as the road. It serves up impressive performance attributes and peerless levels of poise and assurance, all of which are experienced with even greater intensity when the sun and wind are invited in. Model-specific equipment features designed to enhance comfort and state-of-the-art innovations when it comes to control & operation, driver assistance and connectivity serve up an open-top experience as modern as it is luxurious.

2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

The growth of the BMW 8-Series range to include an open-top sports car for the luxury segment once again augments the brand’s presence in this vehicle class. The expansion of its luxury car portfolio is one of the future-focused areas the BMW Group has identified – as part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy – to secure the company’s long-term growth. The distinctive character profile of the new BMW 8-Series Convertible allows it to put down a particularly attractive marker in this market segment and win over new target groups in the process. The open-top model will be produced alongside the BMW 8-Series Coupe at BMW Plant Dingolfing. The Bavarian facility is the traditional birthplace of the BMW 7-Series Sedan and boasts outstanding expertise in the manufacture of luxury cars. The worldwide market launch of the new BMW 8-Series Convertible will begin in March 2019.
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

The brand’s new design language employs a small number of precisely drawn lines and generous surfacing to give the new BMW 8-Series Convertible a sporting yet elegant exterior appearance. Powerfully curved surfaces showcase the sports car’s athletic character. The body cuts a dynamically stretched figure with the roof down especially, but its distinctive lines are also in evidence when the soft-top is closed. The compact fabric roof extends less far into the rear end than the roofline of the BMW 8-Series Coupe, creating a prominently stepped silhouette which accentuates the deck-like rear end of the BMW 8-Series Convertible to impressive effect. The proportions of the new BMW 8-Series Convertible reveal a sports car that rides close to the road. With an exterior length of 4,843 millimetres, width of 1,902 millimetres and height of 1,339 millimetres, plus a 2,822-millimetre wheelbase and track widths of 1,619 millimetres (front) and 1,642 millimetres (rear), its dimensions match those of the BMW 8-Series Coupe almost exactly. The singular elegance of the luxurious convertible therefore shares centre stage with its clearly advertised dynamic allure and emotionally engaging performance attributes.
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

The driver and passengers on board the new BMW 8-Series Convertible are protected from the elements by a classical soft-top. When opened, the soft-top stows away under a sophisticated cover whose surface structure and stitching matches those of the instrument panel and interior door/side panel trim. The result is an all-encompassing look for the interior. Two subtle domes at the level of the rear seats reprise the “double-bubble” contouring reminiscent of classical sports cars, which are also integrated into the roof surface of the BMW 8-Series Coupe. The surrounds of the soft-top lid are High-gloss Black as standard and fit flush with the side window borders. The new BMW 8-Series Convertible’s roof opens and closes fully automatically and at the touch of a button located in the control panel on the centre console. 15 seconds is all it takes. The extremely hushed roof operation can be activated with the car travelling at up to 50 km/h (31 mph). The new BMW 8-Series Convertible comes with a black soft-top as standard, with an Anthracite Silver effect variant available as an option.
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

The new BMW 8-Series Convertible’s richly exclusive take on the sporting aesthetic imbues it with a very distinctive aura. The new BMW design language exudes modernity, precision and emotionality, and creates a dynamic and simultaneously graceful appearance. Shining a vivid spotlight on the car’s standout sporting ability is the protruding front apron with large air intakes. These make an even more dominant impression on the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible (as standard) and BMW 840d xDrive Convertible (as part of the optional M Sport package). A single-piece surround frames the two elements of the low-set BMW kidney grille, whose hexagonal outline widens lower down. The extremely slim headlight units extend far into the car’s flanks. The standard LED headlights generate daytime running light, low beam and high beam light from both light tubes, ensuring the signature BMW look is on display at all times. The optional BMW Laserlight with variable road illumination and Selective Beam generates a high-beam range of around 600 metres. Blue accents inside the twin headlights and “BMW Laser” lettering signal the presence of this highly advanced lighting technology.
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible

An almost fully sealed underbody, active air flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats and Air Curtains in the front apron optimise the new BMW 8-Series Convertible’s aerodynamics. Added to which, narrow exterior mirror bases mounted directly on the side-window weather strips reduce the car’s drag coefficient. The front spoiler extension on the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible underlines its rigorously aerodynamics-focused design. An intelligent mixture of materials helps to reconcile exacting and conflicting demands when it comes to combining body rigidity with minimised weight. The use of high-strength steels and aluminium in the body structure plays a key role here, similarly the construction of the soft-top roof and use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) around the centre tunnel. The focus on exceptional body rigidity for the vehicle concept underpinning the BMW 8-Series models means that only a small number of additional convertible-specific and weight-increasing measures were required. These are restricted to additional cross struts and a specifically designed shear panel for the underbody.
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible
2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible