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2006 Bentley Continental GTC

2006 Bentley Continental GTC

Crewe, 26th September 2005 – Bentley Motors is proud to announce the introduction of the Continental GTC. The new luxury 2+2 convertible completes the Bentley Continental model range following the introduction of the highly successful Continental GT in 2003 and four-door Continental Flying Spur earlier this year. The new Continental GTC goes on sale in late 2006.

With a top speed in excess of 190mph (304 km/h), a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, state-of-the-art 12-cylinder engine, advanced air suspension and ultra-stiff body structure, the Continental GTC displays all the poise, exhilarating performance and dynamic handling of the Continental GT. In common with its stable mates, the interior of the new Continental GTC provides an unrivalled standard of craftsmanship, utilising natural wood veneers and leather hides of the finest quality.

While sharing the familiar face of the Continental family, the design personality of the new Continental GTC is distinctive and unique, as Bentley’s design director Dirk van Braeckel explains: ‘With the Continental GTC we set out to achieve a style that is both contemporary and elegant but with the sporting stance of a true performance car. We also wanted to ensure that the Continental GTC looks just as beautiful with the roof up as it does when it’s down.

‘In keeping with the Bentley tradition, the new Continental GTC has a soft fabric roof and heated glass rear screen. When stowed below its hide-covered tonneau, efficient packaging ensures excellent space for both rear passengers and their luggage.’

The Continental GTC becomes the second convertible to grace the current Bentley range. It follows the recently announced return of the evocative Azure name for Bentley’s Arnage-derived flagship four-seater convertible which goes on sale in Spring 2006.

While the Azure offers the ultimate in glamour and sophistication, the Continental GTC is designed for customers looking to enjoy the phenomenal performance, style and excitement of the Continental GT with the additional benefits of classic open-top Bentley motoring.

‘The Continental GTC is the third step in our new product and segment strategy,’ explains Bentley chairman Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen. ‘It will again open up the Bentley brand to more customers who only buy convertibles, as well as being a logical next car for our existing owners.’

Further details, including full technical specification, market availability and pricing will be released nearer to the Continental GTC’s on-sale date.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Crewe, England
price $ $ 193,990
engine VW Group W12
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Twin KK Turbos
ignition Coil-On-Plug
block material ALUSIL Aluminium-Silicon Alloy w/Silicon Crystal Liners
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves/Cylinder
fuel feed Multi-point Electronic Sequential Indirect Injection
displacement 5998 cc / 366.0 in³
bore 84 mm / 3.31 in
stroke 90.2 mm / 3.55 in
compression 9.0:1
power 412 kw / 552.5 bhp @ 6100 rpm
specific output 92.11 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 221.44 bhp per tonne
torque 650 nm / 479.4 ft lbs @ 1600 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
front brakes Vented Discs w/ABS
rear brakes Vented Discs w/ABS
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension Progressive air springs
r suspension Progressive air springs
curb weight 2495 kg / 5500 lbs
wheelbase 2745 mm / 108.1 in
front track 1623 mm / 63.9 in
rear track 1607 mm / 63.3 in
length 4807 mm / 189.3 in
width 2102 mm / 82.8 in
height 1398 mm / 55.0 in
transmission ZF 6-Speed Automatic
top speed ~305.8 kph / 190 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~11.6 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.2 seconds
city fuel econ epa 23.52 L/100 km or 10 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa 13.84 L/100 km or 17 mpg-us