If any ultraluxury automobile qualifies as “ubiquitous,” it is Bentley’s Continental GT. Between its Coupe, Convertible and Flying Spur sedan physique kinds, this household of grand tourers borders on inescapable on the earth’s poshest ZIP codes. Bentley’s bought upward of 66,000 models for the reason that nameplate’s introduction in 2003, making the Continental the British model’s greatest-promoting mannequin vary ever. (The four-door Flying Spur was a part of the Conti differ, however for the reason that second technology, the corporate has thought of it a separate line.)
Consequently, some web snark retailers have sought to dismiss the Continental as “the Camry for wealthy folks,” however they lack the plot — regardless of its relative recognition, there’s nothing remotely bizarre about this household’s DNA. The newest proof? The 2019 Bentley Continental GT Convertible. Traditionally, few ultraluxury vehicles have been as nicely-rounded as a Continental GT, and I am joyful to report that this new mannequin will solely burnish that reputation. Merely put, this automobile is about as elegant a grand tourer as you will discover, and the truth that its roof disappears is just a bonus.
This new droptop would not deviate from the GT’s styling canon, which has gone all however undisturbed since Bentley designers made the daring (and never uncontroversial) determination to dramatically enlarge the design’s first inside headlamps to be noticeably more significant than their smaller outboard counterparts. The same sweeping roofline, prominent entrance grille, and powerfully coiled rear haunches have carried on for 3 generations and 16 years to date. The brand new mannequin’s most noticeable departure is its almond-formed tail-lamps that lend the rear finish a gimlet-eyed look.