A bite-sized round up of the week’s new car launches.

News this week from from Bentley, Citroën and Mercedes-Benz.

2nd January 2013

Bentley launches world’s fastest four-seater convertible

Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible

Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible

  • Bentley has revealed the 202mph Continental GT Speed convertible, the world’s fastest open four-seater.
  • 616bhp is developed from its twin-turbocharged, 6.0-litre W12 engine, delivering drive to all four wheels via an 8-speed transmission.
  • British sales begin shortly after the Continental GT Speed convertible makes its debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

Citroën launches two DS3 Red limited editions

Citroen DS3 DStyle Red and DSport Red

Citroen DS3 DStyle Red and DSport Red

  • Latest limited edition versions of the DS3 are on sale now from £15,655.
  • Four models are on offer: DStyle Red in e-HDi 90 and VTi 120 forms and the DSport Red with either e-HDi 115 or THP 155 powertrains.
  • Special features include a ‘Red Touch’ accent pack with a scarlet roof, mirror housings and grille finish on the outside and a red dashboard plinth dominating the interior. 

4th January 2013

Mercedes-Benz reveals the new face of the E-Class coupé and convertible

Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and convertible

Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupé and convertible

  • Following on from the recently unveiled new E-Class saloon and estate, the sportier, two-door versions have been refreshed for 2014.
  • New, single lens headlamps create a smoother, sportier appearance and are the most significant of a number of exterior changes.
  • Mechanically, the two-door E-Class models will initially be available in E 200 and E 250 petrol versions and E 220 CDI and E 250 CDI diesels, all with BlueEFFICIENCY features. Topping the preliminary lineup, until the AMG version appears, is the diesel E 350 BlueTEC. 
  • Rear wheels are driven by a choice of 6-speed manual and 7G-Tronic automatic gearboxes.
  • Prices for the new E-Class coupé and convertible will be confirmed nearer the UK on sale date later in 2013.
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