Best Auto Cars: Bentley Continental GTC


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Bentley Bentley Continental GTC

The Continental GTC is the second convertible to grace the current Bentley range. It follows the return of the evocative Azure name for Bentley’s Arnage-derived flagship four-seater convertible. While the Azure offers the ultimate glamour, sophistication and accommodation for adults in supreme comfort, the 2+2 seater 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. It has a ultra-stiff body structure benefits vehicle refinement and dynamic performance. A stunning cabin that uses exquisite Bentley design and craftsmanship to create a spacious, welcoming interior. A classic mix of leather hides and wood veneers give a contemporary but timeless appearance.

With a top speed of 195mph (312km/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 Bentley 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, which are on full display when you lower the elegant, electro-hydraulically operated soft-top roof.  “The Continental GTC is the most distinctive new Bentley yet,” explains Bentley Motors’ Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen. “It is very elegant and at the same time effortlessly modern.” A high-tech, all-wheel-drive system with Torsen differential for exceptional stability and grip in any conditions is driven by an advanced six-speed automatic gearbox with manual change mode and paddleshift controls. 

The Continental GTC  has an outstanding performance thanks to a top speed (roof up) of 195mph (312km/h) and a 0-60mph time of 4.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds). With the roof down the top speed is still a remarkable 190mph (306km/h). Powered by the Crewe-built, W12 twin-turbocharged 6-litre engine, tuned to provide not just a massive 552bhp (560PS/411kW) but 479lb ft (650Nm) at just 1600rev/min to deliver that legendary Bentley wave of torque from low revs. New rear suspension system improves the ride and refinement, and increases roof stowage space without impacting on 260-litre luggage compartment volume, which can carry skis and golf bags or travel bags simultaneously.

Engine: 6L W12
Horsepower: 620 bhp / PS 
Top Speed: 195 mph (312 km/h)
Peak torque: 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) 
Acceleration:  0-60 mph in 4.8 sec (0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds) 

Retail Price: starting at 130,000 pounds (190,000 euros or 190,000 dollars MRSP)

Competing Models: "Competing Segment" on right side of "Best Autos & Cars in the World" page

More information on: www.bentleymotors.com

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