Published on August 24th, 2011 | by Seán Ward0
Bentley’s Second Generation Continental GTC
Due to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Bentley is very excited about the changes it has made over the previous GTC.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors, said that “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.”
But, of course, the engine is far from British, although that doesn’t make it worse. The 6 litre twin turbo charged V12 lifted from the Phaeton produces 560 bhp and 700 Nm of torque, and linked to Bentley’s QuickShift gear box, it gets from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and 0-100 mph in 10.9 seconds.
Bentley says the new car has quicker steering, a better, more enjoyable feel, but also said it has listened to the cries of enthusiastic drivers and lost the 50-50 power distribution of the old car, replacing it with a 40-60 split.
20” five spoke wheels come as standard, as well as a new ‘infotainment’ system. Any prospective owner also has a choice 17 leather hide colours.
When the car is released, it will cost £149,350.