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2022 Bentley Continental GT Convertible
Review: Modern Leisure At Its Finest
The drop-top version of one of the brand’s top sellers, the 2022 Bentley Continental GT Convertible may not be the epitome of leisure luxury, but it’s definitely a staple.
Based on the nameplate that put Bentley back on the map, the grand tourer Convertible is not quite as popular or easy to live with.
There isn’t as much rear passenger room or trunk space, but that’s the price you pay for over-the-top style. It takes old-world charm and merges it with the kind of modern tech that we have come to expect from our daily drivers, but does it do it well enough to warrant the price tag when you could pick up a top-tier BMW 8 Series Convertible in the USA for half as much?
Bentley 2022 Continental GT Convertible Changes: What’s the difference vs the 2021 Bentley Continental GT Convertible?
The big news for the 2022 model year is the addition of a new flagship Continental GT Speed model that uses a higher-output version of the six-liter W12 engine with 650 hp.
We review this model separately. The GT Speed replaces the old W12 model, which means the only model left in the ‘normal’ Continental GT lineup is the V8.
This model stays essentially the same and carries over with hardly any changes, except that it gets the same 21-inch alloys that last year’s W12 used to have in place of its previous 20-inch items.
Bentley Continental GT Convertible Exterior
Few cars are as extravagantly stylish as a Bentley and the Continental GT Convertible gives it that extra drop-top flair. The luxury two-door vehicle almost seems to go on forever, with its extended wheelbase and long, sleek profile.
Despite this, the curves of the body and hood are designed for optimal aerodynamics – with an overall drag coefficient of just 0.29.
The V8 variant used to settle for 20-inch ten-spoke alloys; this year, it gets larger 21-inch items. The Mulliner variant sets itself apart from the standard fare with even larger 22-inch wheels. The rear end boasts quad exhaust finishers and it gets a bright chrome wing vent.
The convertible’s roof is available in a choice of seven tones, such as Black, Blue, and Grey, or more eclectic options like Dark Grey Metallic and Tweed. Lowering or raising the roof takes around 19 seconds when on the move at 30 mph. Other standard exterior elements include full LED Matrix-design headlights. However, the Mulliner special edition receives bespoke styling in the form of a double diamond grille and wing vent with Mulliner branding, and a jewel fuel and oil filler cap.
While not the largest Bentley in the world, the Continental GT Convertible still boasts some impressive dimensions. With a 112.2-inch wheelbase, it measures 190.9 inches long. It rides a little low, though, with a height of just 55.1 inches, which it more than makes up for with an imposing width of 77.3 inches with the mirrors folded in. It tips the scales at around 5,148 pounds.
- Length190.9 in
- Wheelbase112.2 in
- Height55.1 in
- Max Width76.9 in
- Front Width65.8 in
- Rear Width65.5 in
- Curb Weight5,148.0 lbs
Continental GT Convertible Performance
Engine and Transmission
One very capable powertrain is offered to the Bentley Continental GT shopper this year and it’s a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8.
Paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it develops 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque which is directed to all four wheels.
It can launch the hefty convertible from 0 to 60 mph in a mere four seconds. Top speed in this configuration is capped out at a lively 198 mph. Getting around town with this motor is a breeze, and there is unlikely to be a faster car on the highway.
Continental GT Convertible Gas Mileage
Few luxury vehicles boast impressive mileage figures, but if you can afford a quarter-million-dollar Bentley, then any gas bill will likely feel like chump change to you. The V8 is a comparatively light sipper compared to the old W12, returning 16/26/19 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles, according to the EPA; last year’s W12 used to get 12/19/15 mpg in the same cycles. It’s equipped with a sizable 24-gallon tank, which allows the colossal cruiser to cover up to 456 miles between refills.
- Fuel Tank Capacity
- 24.0 Gallons
- Fuel Economy
- City/Hwy: 16/26 mpg
* 2022 Bentley Continental V8 Convertible
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