Frankfurt Show 2011 Highlights: 2012 Bentley Continental GTC


The new Bentley Continental GTC has been formally unveiled ahead of the Frankfurt motor show.

Anyone familiar with the second-generation Continental GT, launched a year ago, will recognise the latest GTC’s sharper styling lines, more upright grille and striking LED headlamps.

There are standard 20-inch wheels, with the option of 21s. Make no mistake, Bentley wants this to be viewed as a more overtly sporting convertible – and one that gets you noticed.

That message should be carried through into the driving experience. The new GTC is 70kg lighter than its predecessor, has a 40mm wider track, retuned steering for sharper responses and sportier suspension settings.

The all-wheel drive system now has a 40/60 split front to rear, changed from 50/50 in order to dial out some understeer and allow a degree of steering on the throttle should the mood take you.

The 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 now produces 567bhp (up from 552bhp), while torque is up by 37lb ft to 516lb ft and is coupled to a new six-speed transmission – dubbed ‘Quickshift’ – which halves gearchange times to 200 milliseconds and allows double downshifts. The 0-60mph sprint takes 4.5sec, 0-100mph is dispatched in 10.9sec and the top speed is 195mph.

The interior, too, is completely reworked in line with the GT’s, and includes a much-needed, all-new touchscreen infotainment system. Thinner front seats also increase space in the rear. As ever, leather, metal and carpeted surfaces abound, and Bentley promises roof-up noise insulation so good that “you’ll believe you’re in the coupĂ©”.

Deliveries will begin at the end of this year; prices are yet to be announced.

Thanks to: Autocar

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