The Pebble Beach Concours was the place to be this past weekend and Bentley took advantage of that fact to unveil two new special editions designed exclusively for the North American market. These new editions are similar to and come shortly after the Bentley Flying Spur that was designed specifically for the Middle East market. North America’s new models are called the GTC and the GTC Speed 80-11 and will each be limited to 80 units. Sales will begin in 2011.
The new GTC 80-11 is distinguished by new 20", 14-spoke alloy diamond wheels equipped with unique black center caps that feature Bentley’s distinctive ‘B’ emblem. The GTC Speed 80-11 gets 20" wheels darkened with a dark tint and highlighted by red brake calipers. The two new editions will be offered with a new and unique Midnight color and Bentley’s gray metallic soft top and Mulliner fuel-filler cap.
On the interior, the two models get a dark main hide color with the stitching and emblems sparkling in a contrasting white color for the GTC and red for the GTC Speed. The interior also features alloy sport foot pedals and the "80-11 Edition" signature as well as a bright finished dash trim for the GTC and darker finish for the GTC Speed.
The Bentley GTC and GTC Speed are powered by the same 6.0-liter W12 engines as their standard counterparts delivering 552hp for the GTC and 600hp for the GTC Speed. Both editions will be available for order in fall of 2010 as model-year 2011 vehicles.
Press release after the jump.
Bentley Motors is displaying the company’s new limited-edition Continental GTC and GTC Speed 80-11 models, designed exclusively for the North American market, on the Concept Lawn at the 60th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Both of these new cars combine the legendary performance, luxury and craftsmanship for which the 91-year old Bentley marque is renowned, as well as the added exclusivity of being commissioned for a single market. The 80-11 designation underlines just how limited these luxury British convertibles will be with Bentley building only 80 examples of each drophead in 2011.
Unique and Distinctive Exterior Styling
The GTC and GTC Speed 80-11 models deliver the same outstanding performance as their ‘standard’ Bentley counterparts but with their own strong and original styling stories.
The luxurious GTC 80-11 features new 20-inch, 14-spoke alloy diamond wheels, polished with unique black center caps featuring Bentley’s distinctive ‘B’ emblem. The more performance-oriented GTC Speed 80-11 offers the muscular Supersports’ 20-inch wheels, now finished with an eye-catching dark tint, and displaying sporty red brake calipers underneath.
Both cars give a nod to Bentley’s British heritage and incomparable craftsmanship, with Union Jack brightware badges featured on the front fenders.
Bentley’s extensive choice of colors is available for both GTC 80-11 models but for those seeking even more exclusivity, a new and unique color – Midnight – has been commissioned for these high-performance convertibles. The 80-11 GTC and GTC convertibles offer the Dark Grey Metallic soft top and the Mulliner fuel-filler cap as standard.
A Unique Interpretation of Bentley Craftsmanship and Refinement
Bentley’s styling team has created two unique interiors for these exclusive convertibles. The main leather hide choice for both vehicles is Beluga, and the contrast stitching, piping and Bentley emblems are white on the GTC and Pillar Box Red on the GTC Speed. The result is a strong, dark main hide color, accented by the contrasting hand-stitching and piping.
To complement the Piano Black veneers on both 80-11 Editions, the engine-turned aluminum dash has a bright finish in the GTC and a sportier dark finish for the GTC Speed. Race-inspired drilled alloy sport foot pedals are standard on both vehicles and to further differentiate the special editions, the vehicles’ treadplates and a badge on the console are branded with the “80-11 Edition” signature.
The 80-11 Edition GTCs and the 80-11 Edition GTC Speeds arrive at Bentley dealers in fall of 2010 as model-year 2011 vehicles.