Bentley makes a number of variations of its Continental, including the Supersports, Speed, and convertible versions. CNET took a drive in the newly announced convertible version of the Continental GT Speed. Read editors' take
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Bentley design refrains from excessive ornamentation, emphasizing subtle lines. Body seams are welded, ground, and polished for a smooth body surface. Read editors' take
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As a Speed variation on the Continental theme, this car comes with a twin-turbocharged W-12 6-liter engine, which makes 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, bringing the 5,500-pound car to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Just don't ask about fuel economy. Read editors' take
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The power-operated convertible top folds down under an automatic tonneau cover. Read editors' take
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The 21-inch wheels hide 16-inch brake rotors in front. Ceramic brakes are optional. Read editors' take
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The GT Speed Convertible rides on an air suspension, which the driver can set to four different modes between Sport and Comfort. Read editors' take
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The trunk space is not particularly large, as the large top folds up into an area behind the rear seat. Read editors' take
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Long doors make access to the rear seats possible, although legroom is limited. Read editors' take
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Much of the cost of a Bentley comes from the coachwork, which is almost all handmade. Read editors' take
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The power steering uses a speed-sensitive system, but still remains somewhat light at speed. Read editors' take
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Bentley preserves its traditional look in the gauge faces, showing engine speed in 100s instead of today's typical 1,000s. Read editors' take
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The infotainment gear in the GT Speed Convertible is similar to that found in Audi models. It has the capability to show Google Earth maps, but that feature is only available where Bentley has a data vendor in place. Read editors' take
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A hard drive in the infotainment system handles music storage, but this library interface looks a little rough for the car's price tag. Read editors' take
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The satellite radio interface includes graphical icons for stations. Read editors' take
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One of the high points of the cabin tech is the optional Naim audio system, which produces excellent sound quality. Read editors' take
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