600bhp convertible snapped ahead of 2009 launch
4 November 2008

These latest spy shots show that Bentley is preparing a ‘Speed’ version of the Continental GTC, which should become the fastest four-seat convertible in the world when it’s launched next year.

Bentley has already introduced a Continental GT Speed and a Continental Flying Spur Speed, with the GTC version set to share its siblings’ upgraded W12 powerplant, with 600bhp and 553lb ft of torque.

The Speed coupe can dismiss the 0-60mph dash in just 4.3 seconds, and go on to break the 200mph mark, and the GTC should be able to almost match those numbers.

Compared with the standard Bentley Continental GTC, the Speed will have stiffer suspension and larger 20-inch alloy wheels. Our pictures also reveal cosmetic changes including a new front bumper and a boot lip spoiler.

Bentley’s sales have fallen dramatically in the wake of the global economic crisis, but the company hopes that the GTC Speed will be popular in the Middle East and developing markets.

We expect the Continental GTC Speed to cost around £150,000.

Will Powell

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