2019 Continental GT Convertible
Gran Touring in Spain
Avid followers of my adventures will recall the recent opportunity I was given to experience the stunning 2019 Bentley Continental GT a few months prior to its global release. Driving on some of the finest cruising roads in the world between Austria and Italy allowed me to truly appreciate how far Bentley has gone to develop its latest grand tourer. Certainly best-in-class, the freedom of having an open top on a long Spring drive always has a certain excitement to it.
In Spain, I was fortunate enough to hit the road once more with Bentley’s latest creation, and so why not share my sun-filled, 626bhp cruise from Marbella to Sevilla with you.
It is at the prestigious Marbella Club Hotel that I discover the new GT Convertible for the first time. As with the coupé, the exterior design is as aerodynamically fluid as it is visually pleasing. This is not easy to accomplish when incorporating a folding roof. However, the designers at Bentley have managed to execute this flawlessly, ensuring that when the roof lowers, the exterior and interior blend effortlessly together.
Once inside the car, you realise how unique and sophisticated the new Continental GT is. The cockpit has been redesigned, creating a harmonious combination of wood and leather hide which of course can be fully customised by the owner upon request.
of wood and leather hide
The rotating centre console is perhaps my favourite feature of the new car. With options of a large touchscreen display, clean wood panels, or a minimalistic set of clock faces, the interior can be transformed with the press of a button depending on the mood of the driver.
The time comes to set off for Sevilla. Naturally, the first thing I do is lower the roof. With the cockpit exposed to the clear sky, the drive is just that bit more enjoyable. The panoramic experience will now allow me to fully enjoy the car and its aggressive W12 engine, not to mention the 3.7s 0-60mph acceleration time.
With 626bhp and an array of different driving modes, the car can be switched from a sports setup when hitting the gas pedal, to a more relaxed mode when grand touring. With a lower rake than its predecessor, the car sits lower to the ground, providing a more sturdy driving experience. Equipped with the largest iron brakes in the world makes the Continental effortless to bring to a halt. These brakes along with a very precise steering wheel enhance the drivability of the car, which feels very light and ultra dynamic.
Mid-way into the cruise we pull into a stunning Andalusian property in The Palacio, near Sevilla. A typically Spanish mansion with traditional architecture and vast fields of olive groves, it was the perfect place to refresh by the pool before heading on to our final destination.
Definitely the perfect car to drive with the roof down, I believe the GT Convertible is the ultimate grand tourer and would be right at home in the French Riviera where the sun shines for most of the year. The practicality of 4 seats is another bonus, turning long road trips with friends into a completely new experience; something I may try from Monaco to St Tropez in the future!
We finally arrive at the most beautiful hotel in Sevilla, the Hotel Alfonso XIII. I park the New GT Convertible in front of the historical façade of the hotel. I can’t think of a better way to end my experience with the car, and I’m sure I’ll be seeing it again very soon.
Special thanks to the Bentley teams for such a unique driving experience in Spain with the New Continental GT Convertible.
Find out more about the car with the following link : www.bentleymotors.com/new-continental-gt-convertible
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