2012 Bentley Continental GTC

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

2012 Bentley Continental GTC

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).

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In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
released at2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
built atCrewe, England
price $$ 212,800
price €/td>€170,060
price £/td>£149,350
price ¥/td>¥26,400,000
positionFront Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Turbo
block materialALUSIL Aluminium-Silicon Alloy w/Silicon Crystal Liners
valvetrainChain-Driven DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedMulti-point Electronic Sequential Indirect Injection
displacement5998 cc / 366.02 in³
bore84 mm / 3.3 in
stroke90.2 mm / 3.6 in
power423 kw / 567.2 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output94.56 bhp per litre
bhp/weight227.33 bhp per tonne
torque700 nm / 516.3 ft lbs @ 1700 rpm
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsContinuous AWD
front tires275/35 ZR21
rear tires275/35 ZR21
front brakesOpt Carbon Silicon Carbide Cross Drilled Discs
rear brakesOpt Carbon Silicon Carbide Cross Drilled Discs
front wheelsF 53.3 x 24.1 cm / 21 x 9.5 in
rear wheelsR 53.3 x 24.1 cm / 21 x 9.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Air Suspension, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionTrapezoidal Multi-Link w/Air Suspension
curb weight2495 kg / 5501 lbs
wheelbase2746 mm / 108.1 in
length4806 mm / 189.2 in
width1943 mm / 76.5 in
height1403 mm / 55.2 in
transmissionZF 6-speed Automatic
gear ratios4.17:1, 2.34:1, 1.52:1, 1.14:1, 0.87:1, 0.69:1
final drive3.526:1
top speed~318.58 kph / 198 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph~10.9 seconds
fuel econ epa21.38 L/100 km or 11 mpg-us
city fuel econ epa12.38 L/100 km or 19 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa16.80 L/100 km or 14 mpg-us
urban fuel econ eu25.4 L/100 km or 9.26 mpg-us
extra urban fuel econ eu11.4 L/100 km or 20.63 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu17.1 L/100 km or 13.76 mpg-us
emission384 g/km
fuel capacity90 litres or 23.76 gal