Crewe's physics defying drop-top is more than worthy of the nation's desktops...
It's probably been warmer in the UK recently than it was when we drove Bentley's new Continental GT Convertible in southern Spain last month. But with the air scarf on and the seat heater on and the steering wheel practically ablaze, it's easy to ward off the chill in the new GTC - especially if you've spent the fast five minutes having your trousers warmed by the heat radiating from the 6.0-litre W12.
The soul gets a similar treatment. Objectively speaking, of course, it's not quite as good to drive the coupe on which it's based - but because it's heavier and windier and not quite as stiff, you don't feel obliged to try so hard. And there's a lot to be said for driving lazily in something as well appointed as a large Bentley.
It helps that by being broadly more capable and quicker than the car it replaces, the new GTC is truer to the badge on its nose than any open top Bentley of the modern era. Whisper it, but when the V8 is eventually launched, it'll probably be truer still. In the fullness of time there will likely be hybrid, too - if that's your thing.
Still, as we revealed last week, there's really nothing not to like about the current iteration of W12 (assuming that a visit to the petrol station is no more consequential to you than buying a stamp). The engine will let you waft along like a sail boat captain, without sacrificing the ability to suddenly go off like a rocket should the need arise. And thanks to active anti-roll bars front and back, it won't fall over when the first bend arrives either.
No, it's all rather lovely. And, guess what - if you park it on a hilltop at dusk and let low cloud drift past, and happen to have umpteen camera flashes and a professional photographer to hand, it passes the all-important eye candy test, too.