Ahead of International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, next month, premium auto maker Bentley previewed the Continental GTC. Almost exact in specifications with its GT coupe counterpart, this 2nd generation Continental GTC convertible (or as European calls it "cabriolet") is the example of uncompromising luxury. Behind the aggressive stance sits a 6.0-liter, turbocharged W12 engine, capable of churning out a total of 567-horsepower. With an advanced all-wheel drive system, there is more than enough ponies to propel this beast from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. In order to lower its carbon footprint, somewhat, the massive engine's FlexFuel option allows E85 biofuel, regular gasoline, or both.
But you just don't buy a Bentley for speed alone, you have a Bentley for speed and comfort. The new Continental GTC is the perfect complement for both. The 2 seater comfortably sits 4 in a newly refined cabin. Tailored to each owner's wishes, there are 17 leather hide color ways as well as 6 color combinations and 7 matching wood veneers to select from. But if you wish any other color, wood or combination, Bentley will be happy to oblige. While it is a soft top convertible, Bentley added a multi-layered of fabric to the hood, laminated with insulation panels and acoustic glass, all to minimize road noise. The is even a neck warmer embedded to the seats for an open air ride in cooler climate.
The Bentley Continental GTC is set to be available later this year with a base price of $212,800 US.
Bentley Continental GTC
Bold, contemporary, sculpted design employing advanced production technology.
Sensuous, luxurious, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading infotainment.
Coupe-like refinement with unrivalled comfort and practicality.
More powerful 6.0-litre W12 engine with FlexFuel capability, delivering exhilarating performance.
Uprated chassis for a more dynamic and engaging open-top driving experience.
(Crewe, England. 24 August 2011). The second generation of Bentley's iconic Continental GTC convertible will debut at next month's International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt.
Taking cues from its GT coupe sibling launched last year, the new Continental GTC builds on the highly successful foundation of the previous cabriolet, which premiered in 2006. Bentley's design and engineering teams have improved virtually every aspect of the iconic convertible with an uncompromising focus on quality.
While the first Continental GTC was elegant and understated, the sharper radii and assertive stance of the new model delivers a more contemporary and muscular presence. Advanced manufacturing techniques produce aluminium front wings without the need for seams or welds creating the look and feel of a coach-built car. Twenty-inch wheels are now standard with three styles of 21-inch wheel, a first for GTC, available as an option, reinforcing the distinctive, sporting stance of the new Bentley.
The four-seater luxury convertible features a new, even more spacious and sumptuous hand-crafted cabin, with soft-touch leather hides, an extensive range of wood veneers, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets. There are 17 standard soft-touch leather hide colours with six colour split combinations, complemented by a range of seven veneers, all produced by Bentley's talented craftsmen and women.
The GTC's renowned coupe-like refinement is also enhanced. The tailored, multi-layered fabric hood is complemented by acoustic glass and under-body panels, for optimum noise isolation.
Superb everyday practicality for a luxury convertible was a hallmark of the original GTC and much valued by its customers. The cabin of the new GTC is now even more practical, with additional rear legroom, new storage solutions and innovative features such as touch-screen infotainment, automatic seat-belt presenters and a Bentley-designed Neck Warmer for comfortable roof-down motoring whatever the temperature.
A wider track, front and rear, sharper steering and retuned suspension provides a more exhilarating and class-leading drive. Bentley's advanced all-wheel drive system features a new 40:60 rear torque bias (compared with 50:50 of the original GTC) minimising understeer during hard cornering and allowing the spirited driver to manage the car's line and balance via precise throttle control.
This compelling dynamic package is combined with a more powerful 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine as well as a new QuickShift transmission enabling faster gear changes than ever before. Power output is raised from 560PS to 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and the famed Bentley "wave of torque' has been increased by a further 50Nm to 700Nm (516lb ft).
"The GTC has always been the most emotional model in the Continental range and a showcase for Bentley design. With its tailored soft top, the GTC is a pure British convertible true to those classic Bentleys of the past. However, the technology, performance and overall design excellence invested in this model means that we are now writing a new chapter for the Bentley convertible driver." - Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors.
The Bentley Continental GTC is now available to order and first customer deliveries will begin in late 2011.