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Bentley Continental GT Convertible

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Bentley Continental GT Convertible

(2019 - present)

    Summary


    The Bentley Continental GT Convertible – widely known as the GTC – first appeared in 2006 as an open-top version of the luxury brand’s then-new first-generation Continental GT coupe.

    The current model is the third generation, launched in 2018, and two versions are available – the standard model is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine with 550hp and the Speed a 6.0-litre W12 with 659hp and a 3.5-second 0-62mph time. 

    Reviewers are highly complimentary about Bentley’s drop-top. Auto Express describes it as “incredibly expensive” at prices starting from around £175,000, but adds “You get what you pay for.”

    Car magazine believes that many buyers will actually prefer the less powerful V8 engine, dubbing the W12 curious, “with neither the analogue ferocity of a big, turbo-free V12 nor the bear-hug charm of a big-capacity V8.” 

    There are compromises compared to the coupé version – the drop-top folds with electric smoothness in 19 seconds at speeds up to 30mph, but Car dubs boot space cut from 358 to 250 litres “tragically half as useful.” But the roof impresses, Evo saying it folds away in virtual silence, “no cheapo whirring of motors here.”

    The Continental GT Convertible is stiffer yet lighter than its predecessor but it still tips the scales at 2.4 tonnes. Despite this, testers like its road manners; “It rides like it is coasting on the back of a magic carpet,” says The Sun, while The Telegraph says in corners there is not a great deal of steering feedback but adds; “the grip from the wide tyres on 22-inch wheels is humungous.”

    Of course being a Bentley, luxury is assured – “the quality of craftmanship of every switch, wooden veneer and leather covering separates the Continental GT Convertible from its rivals,” says Carbuyer.      

    As of June 2022, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible currently holds an Expert Rating of 81% from 17 reviews.

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    Continental GTC highlights

    • Special levels of luxury
    • Potent engines
    • Fine handling despite heavy weight
    • Hood folds on the move at up to 30mph

    Continental GTC lowlights

    • Tiny boot space
    • Much heavier than coupe
    • Tiny rear seats
    • Too much safety kit is optional rather than standard

    Key specifications


    Body style: Convertible
    Engines: petrol
    Price: From £170,000 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2019
    Last updated: Spring 2021
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    Like most upmarket low-volume cars, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible has not been crash-tested by Euro NCAP.

    The GTC is available with a host of active safety features but not all of them come as standard equipment.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    The Bentley Continental GT Convertible has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Bentley Continental GT Convertible to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Continental GTC, we’ll publish the score here.

    Similar cars


    If you’re looking at the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, you might also be interested in these alternatives

    Aston Martin DB11 Volante | Aston Martin DBS Volante | BMW M8 | Ferrari Portofino | Lexus LC Convertible | Mercedes-AMG SL | Porsche 911 Cabriolet | Rolls-Royce Dawn

    There are plenty of upmarket performance convertibles around and models such as the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet can be considered rivals to the Bentley. But in terms of high luxury and very high price the options are rather less, ranging across the likes of the Aston Martin DB11 Volante, Ferrari Portofino. 

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    Bentley Continental GT ConvertibleThe Bentley Continental GTC is a luxury convertible praised for its performance, but there's not much space in the back seats or boot.