Looking to show the Big Three in Detroit that the Brits still know a thing or two about power. Bentley is set to unveil the 2013 GT Speed Convertible at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this year.

The new flagship drop-top is powered by a 616hp and 590lb-ft twin-turbocharged 6.0L W12 engine, which miraculously delivers 15% improvement in fuel-economy. Paired with a silky smooth eight-speed transmission, stiffened and 10mm lower suspension the new super luxury convertible hides a performance edge in style. Of course, the capabilities of traveling at 202mph help in the desirability factor of the car as well. Who hasn't day dreamed about taking a luxury land yacht up to Bonneville Salt Flat speeds? We have.

For the Continental GT Speed, Bentley has developed some unique exterior and interior options for Speed badged models. Outside, a set of tinted 21" wheels, rifled ellipse exhaust system and unique bodywork with dark-tinted chrome finish grilles help identify the car while on the road. Inside, one could opt for a range of wood veneers and satin carbon fiber finishes or the exclusive Speed dark tinted aluminum "engine spin" finish. Which all goes nicely with the Mulliner Driving Spec, diamond-quilted leather interior - also available in an endless array of colors.

No word on pricing just yet, but if you were a good boy or girl over the holidays and have a few hundred thousand you cant wait to part with, the Bentley Speed might just be what you've been waiting for.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

GT Speed ConvertibleGT Speed
Engine
Type6-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Max Power616 bhp / 460 kW / 625 PS @6000 rpm
Max Torque800 Nm / 590 lb.ft @ 2000 rpm
Transmission
TypeZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift
DrivelineContinuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)
Ratios1st : 4.71; 2nd: 3.14; 3rd: 2.1; 4th: 1.67; 5th: 1.29; 6th: 1.00; 7th: 0.839; 8th: 0.667
Final Drive2.85
Brakes
Front405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Rear335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm, Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Wheels and Tyres
Wheels9.5J x 21"
Tyres275/35 ZR21
Steering
TypeRack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic
Turns lock-to-lock2.6 turns
Turning circle11.3 m
Suspension
FrontFour link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar
RearTrapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar
DampingContinuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic performance
Dimensions
Wheelbase2746 mm / 108.1 in
Overall length4806 mm / 189.2 in
Width (across body)1944 mm / 76.5 in
Width (inc. mirrors)2227 mm / 87.7 in
Overall height1393 mm / 54.8 in1394 mm / 54.9 in
Fuel tank90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 US gallons
Boot volume260 / 9.18 cu ft358 litres / 12.6 cu ft
Kerb weight (EU)2495 kg / 5500 lb2320 kg / 5115 lb
Gross vehicle weight2900 kg / 6393 lb2750 kg / 6063 lb
Performance
Top speed202 mph / 325 km/h205 mph / 330 km/h
0-60 mph4.1 secs4.0 secs
0-100 mph9.7 secs9.0 secs
0-100 km/h4.4 secs4.2 secs
0-160 km/h9.7 secs9.0 secs
Fuel Consumption (EU cycle)*
Urban12.5 mpg (22.7 litres/100km)12.7 mpg (22.2 litres/100km)
Extra Urban27.2 mpg (10.4 litres/100km)28.0 mpg (10.1 litres/100km)
Combined19.0 mpg (14.9 litres/100km)19.5 mpg (14.5 litres/100km)
CO2 emissions347 g/km338 g/km
Fuel Consumption (EPA cycle)**
City (US mpg)1213
Highway (US mpg)2020
Combined (US mpg)1515
Emissions ControlsEU 5 and US LEV II

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