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Bentley Continental GT Convertible Goes Retro With Tweed Top


By Chris Bruce, Motor1.com

The roof takes inspiration from a vintage Bentley material, but now it's up to modern quality standards.

If you want to give your new Bentley Continental GT Convertible an extra touch of classic British style, then check out the new tweed roof option for the posh grand tourer. It's available with a palette of 45 body colors, so buyers should have no problems finding a combination to match their personal style.

To come up with the look, the automaker's styling team went through the archive of previously available materials. Unfortunately, when Bentley Color and Trim Designer Cathy Bass discovered the perfect fabric it wasn't right for the new Continental GTC.


"The only problem was that it was made with completely the wrong weave structure as our hood material has a very specific woven construction to meet technical and engineering requirements," Bass said in Bentley's announcement of the tweed roof color option.

From there, the company worked to replicate the classic material but in modern standards. The roof appears dark beige from a distance but reveals a two-tone appearance in the weave when people step closer. 

The tweed roof has the same performance as the other available tops for the convertible, including the burgundy and black choices. The top deploys or stows in 19 seconds and works at up to 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour).

The Continental GTC is available with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making 542 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (770 Newton-meters) of torque that gets the droptop to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.9 seconds. The other option is 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 that offers 626 hp (467 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) and reaches 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

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