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(from Bentley Press
Release) THE NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC
contemporary, sculpted design employing advanced production
• Sensuous, luxurious, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading
• Coupe-like refinement with unrivalled comfort and
• More powerful 6.0-litre W12 engine with FlexFuel capability,
delivering exhilarating performance.
• Uprated chassis for a more dynamic and engaging open-top
(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
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.
THE NEW CONTINENTAL GTC – AT A
Sculpted exterior design
production techniques such as aluminium Super Forming (front
wings) allow for a more sculpted body and sharp ‘power lines.’
• Unique jewelled headlamps with LED daytime-running lights.
• More upright matrix radiator grille and new ‘double horseshoe’
rear profile first shown on the flagship Bentley Mulsanne.
Luxurious, practical, hand-crafted
cabin with class-leading infotainment
• New interior with
a bold, sweeping dashboard and instrument panel finished in
premium soft-touch leather.
• Choice of 17 hide colours, six colour split combinations and
• Distinctive ‘cobra style’ seats for added comfort and enhanced
rear cabin space.
• A new touchscreen, 30GB infotainment system introduces
advanced satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance,
seven-digit postcode entry and Google Map compatibility (market
• Audio systems feature the latest wide-frequency Balance Mode
Radiator speakers as standard.
• Revolutionary Dirac Dimensions™ DSP for exceptional sound
reproduction (Naim for Bentley premium audio).
More powerful 6-litre W12 engine
with FlexFuel capability
• 6-litre W12 engine
twin-turbocharged engine produces 575PS
(567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque.
• FlexFuel capability – runs on E85 biofuel, petrol or any
combination of the two.
• 0 – 60mph 4.5 secs (0-100 km/h 4.8 secs).
• 0 – 100mph 10.9 secs (0 – 160km/h 10.9 secs).
• Top speed 195 mph (314 km/h).
Dynamic Bentley driving experience
• ZF 6HP28
transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by
up to 50% and enables double downshifts.
• New 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive
system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and
provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle
• Increased front and rear track improves grip and stability.
• Advanced ESC system fully exploits the potential of the more
powerful W12 engine and improved chassis.
• 20” ‘Five Spoke’ alloy wheels with optional 21” wheels in
‘Five Spoke Two-Piece’, ‘Seven Spoke Elegant’ and ‘Ten Spoke