If there is one model that British carmaker Bentley could pay tribute to, it must be the Continental GT grand tourer. After all, the Continental GT is the first model that Bentley has launched since it became a part of the Volkswagen Group. When it was introduced in 2003, the Continental GT marked the renaissance of the marque, and became the first Bentley to employ volume production methods.
Thus, 14 years after the introduction of the first model – and right on the heels of the launch of a new generation of the beloved grand tourer from the United Kingdom – Bentley is unveiling a special edition that pays tribute to the Continental GT itself: the Continental GT Timeless Series. As its moniker indicates, the limited edition model presents how timeless the Continental GT has been for the British carmaker, even after 14 years of existence.
Essentially, the Timeless Series is derived from the Continental GT Convertible, but has been made more contemporary and more luxurious with the addition of an array of exquisite features and design options. Bentley hasn’t said how exclusive – in terms of the number of examples – the Timeless Series is, but as a limited edition, this droptop offers a number of elements that distinguishes it from a typical Continental GT Convertible. For instance, the Timeless Series features bright upper and lower front grilles as complemented by the Timeless Series badges and tread plates.
This limited edition could be availed in any of the seven available finishes: Ice, Glacier, Camel, Onyx, Havana, Anthracite and Dark Sapphire.
The opulence of the Timeless Series is well conveyed inside. From the supportive GT design seats and the deep-pile floor mats to the contemporary Liquid Amber veneer, the Timeless Series is simply a way to showcase the carmaker’s mastery of wood and leathercraft. The cabin of the Timeless Series also comes with a duo-tone steering wheel, ventilated front seats with massage function and rear view camera, as well as striking analogue dials. It also features an infotainment system that includes an eight-inch touchscreen, a 30 GB hard-drive as well as 15GB of music storage and integrated sat nav.
For the United States, the Convertible GT Timeless Series is powered by a 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that develops 582 hp of max output and 720 Nm of torque. Sent to all four wheels, this power level allows the limited edition to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 196 mph (315 km/h). The Convertible GT Timeless Series rides on 21-inch Propeller painted wheels, with three optional wheel designs.
For the United Kingdom and Europe, Bentley is offering the limited edition as the Continental GT V8 S Convertible Timeless Series, as powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers 521 hp of max output and 680 Nm of peak torque. This enables the Continental GT V8 S Convertible Timeless Series to accelerate from nil to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 191 mph (308 km/h).