Breaking news: Summer is right around the corner, which usually triggers thoughts about one of three things for men who enjoy driving: road trips, car shows (where they get to brag about all the cash they’ve put into modifying their personal wheels) and the idea of taking in some scenic routes in a hot new convertible—like the 2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible that we recently took for a spin in Southern California. Here are seven reasons why we love this car (and you will too), along with seven hashtags inspired by our time behind the wheel.
#FeelthePower Equipped with a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that puts out 626-horsepower and 607 lb.-ft. of torque, the Bentley GT Speed convertible leaves very little to the imagination as far as performance. The second you start up the all-wheel-drive beast, you know this isn’t the typical Bentley.
#CheckTheBadge At a glance, it can be hard to distinguish between a GT Speed convertible (also known as the GTC Speed) and the more standard Continental. But don’t be mistaken. The two Bentleys are completely different animals when it comes to what they can do on a paved road.
#BeBold In a color like the Apple Green model pictured, the Bentley GT Speed convertible is far more in-your-face than most are probably accustomed to with this luxury nameplate. But given that it’s Bentley’s flagship performance car, the color option certainly seems appropriate.
#LuxuryFeelsGood Make no mistake about it: It’s sitting inside the GT Speed where the true craftsmanship of the car shines through. Sure, it’s the convertible’s power when cruising along the coast that initially sells you on the vehicle. But it’s details like the real wood trim and hand-stitched leather that convinces you that you could actually drive a 600-plus horsepower car every day.
#StillHot I always say, there’s a lot you can learn about a car’s appeal at a stoplight. Does it attract attention? Are people maneuvering their way through traffic to catch a glimpse of who’s driving it? That’s definitely the case with the GT Speed, which is even more impressive considering that the car has been on the road for close to three years.
#TieNotRequired For decades, the Bentley nameplate has been associated with those the likes of top Fortune 500 execs or people with a longstanding history of wealth. The GT Speed convertible doesn’t completely shake those ideas tied to the brand and the suits of the world. But it’s a far better fit for those who prefer wearing a pair of Chuck Taylors every day than the other models in the Bentley lineup.
#WishMoneyDidGrowOnTrees With a starting price of around $264,000 to roughly $350,000 with all the options, the Bentley GT Speed convertible is far from cheap, even by luxury standards. But that’s the point. This level of exclusivity isn’t intended to be accessible to everyone.