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2012 Bentley Continental GTC


Bentley unveiled the facelift version of the Continental GT towards the end of 2010, so the next logical step was to refresh their Continental GTC as well. The Speed model is still based on the original Continental GT that was launched in 2003, but has been given updates to make it look fresh and new.

And now, leading up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, Bentley has officially unveiled the 2012 Continental GTC. Just like all of the spy photos we’ve seen of the car, the new Continental GTC comes with an aggressive front fascia, a vented hood, and new headlights. The back of the Bentley also got tweaked with the addition of a trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights, and a revised exhaust system.

The luxury sportster also benefits from an increase in output from its 6.0-liter W12 engine, a fact that should make fans of the model smile from ear to ear.

UPDATE 11/16/2011: The new Bentley Continental GTC made its North American debut today at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. During the show, Bentley announced that the model will go on sale in late 2011 at a price of $212,800.

Find out more about the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC after the jump.

Exterior

Bentley Continental GTC

The design of the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC lends itself to certain styling cues from the GT coupe version that was launched last year.

The more sculpted body and sharp power lines of the model come as a result of advanced production techniques, such as aluminum Super Forming. The sporty and luxurious tone of the car is highlighted by unique jeweled headlamps with LED daytime running lights, as well as the more upright matrix radiator grille and the new ’double horseshow’ rear profile that Bentley first unveiled on their luxury flagship sedan, the Mulsanne . Another first for the Continental GTC is the set of 20" wheels with a pair of 21" variants serving as added options to further encompass the sporting stance of the luxury convertible.

With these changes, Bentley’s uncompromising focus on quality is no more evident than in the clean and high-end design of the Continental GTC.

Interior

Bentley Continental GTC

As for the interior, Bentley offers a more spacious and luxurious hand-crafted cabin with soft-touch leather hides while also providing an extensive range of wood veneers, cool-touch metals, and deep-pile carpets. 17 standard soft-touch leather hide colors with six color split combinations are available and complemented by a range of seven veneers, all of which come courtesy of Bentley’s renowned group of talented craftsmen and women. The seats of the vehicle carry a distinctive ’cobra style’ to provide posh comfort and aid in enhancing rear cabin space. There’s also a new touchscreen, 30GB infotainment system that introduces advanced satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance, seven-digit postcode entry, and Google Map compatibility. The audio system features the latest wide-frequency Balance Mode Radiator speakers.

Performance

Bentley Continental GTC

The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC will be powered by a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine mated to the company’s new QuickShift transmission, allowing for faster gear changes than ever before, cutting shift changes by over 50%. The resulting output of the Continental GTC nets 575 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque. All this allows the car to hit 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, 0-100 mph in 10.9 seconds, and a top speed of 195 mph.

Pricing

Bentley Continental GTC

During the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, Bentley announced that the model will go on sale in late 2011 at a price of $212,800.

Competition

Bentley Continental GTC

Speak of Bentley and invariably, comparison conversations almost always lead to Rolls-Royce . In this particular case, the sporty nature of the Continental GTC doesn’t have a Rolls-Royce equivalent, thanks to the latter’s proclivity to the best of what luxury craftsmanship has to offer.

One of the most plausible comps for the Bentley Continental GTC is the Aston Martin DBS Volante. Make no mistake, Aston Martin is one of the most desirable automotive brands in the world today, but it still has a ways to go before it can reach the esteemed level of Bentley. However, with cars like the DBS Volante, you can make a case that it’s getting there.

The DBS Volante comes with a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 510 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque, good enough for a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph. These numbers are almost identical to that of the Continental GTC so it’s really a wash when it comes to performance.

It’s unfortunate that the Continental GTC still doesn’t have a price tag attached to it, but if it’s anywhere close to the $286,000 sticker of the DBS Volante, then we’d take the former in a heartbeat, with all due respect to the latter.

Bentley Continental GTC
LOVE IT
  • The epitome of sports luxury
  • More powerful engine
  • Eye-sparkling design
LEAVE IT
  • No price yet
  • It won’t come cheap
  • Competition might have a lot to say


37 comments:

I love the signature of Bentley’s vehicle, and that is the simple looks but very luxurious car! smiley Anyway, I noticed that the interior touch of this continental GTC is looking so elegant with it.

It won’t really come cheap! Upon looking at its features, you will already know that this one will surely be too pricey on its market production which I think deserves it, for it is truly looking so expensive.

The Bentley design is only too simple but looks so elegant and sophisticated on this GTC! Well, I have to agree that it is really the most epitome for a sports luxury roadster, but I’m sure it will be cost too expensive.

Pink Bentley Continental will surely love by all the girls out there! smiley Anyway, even if I’m a guy, I can say that it really looks great either on that. Just too bad that this one is so expensive.

Bentley Continental GTC is both great at pink and metallic body paint. smiley However, I still prefer my own Bentley in pink color! Anyway, I must say that this is really the dreamed sports luxury vehicle that everyone would love to have. I just only hope that it will not be too expensive.

Who wouldn’t dreamed to have this Continental GTC? I bet this is the ideal sports luxury convertible car that everyone would love to have, but of course I’m pretty sure that it won’t come cheap on its market production. smiley Anyway, I must say that I love either this vehicle!

Continental GTC is truly the most elegant and luxury convertible sports car today! I can say that, it will really stand out because of that feature and the fact that it also had an impressive engine. Anyway, I’m sure that it won’t really come cheap.

Well, the engine of this one is really quite cool enough for this luxury sports car. smiley The interior is absolutely seems so cozy and comfortable, and it is indeed very luxurious on that amenities.

Cool car!! I really can tell that this car is a powerful one. In terms of design, output, speed and features. I love both of its interior and exterior design.

Wow, those are really impressive features.. no wonder they made the car industry to buzz.. It’s really something to be the talk of the town.. It’s looks very seductive in its red color..

The figure performance of this GTC is really quite impressive for this kind of car, and for the fact that this one is a sports car, I didn’t expect it to be such a luxurious and classy one.

I can’t blame them if they are really fond with this convertible car because I feel the same. smiley It looks so luxurious, and the performance of this Continental GTS is quite impressive for this.

Its the interior that what I really love the most here in Bentley Continetal GTC. It seems so classy and luxurious on its features. It is too pricey but I think it is worth money spending for and its engine is I think quite good enough for this convertible car.

Very stylish car, I like the headlights and its giant mouthed exterior its look aggressive. Very nice platform and features.

Bentley had a luxurious and classy look which I found very appealing. I’m impressed with the spacious interior and handcrafted cabin it seems so soft! smiley It won’t surely come cheap just based on its expensive looks, but just like Gero Trevisano it is worth spending for.

I’m impressed with the engine output on this Continental GTC, for a convertible car it is already impressive and powerful. It is too pricey, but it is worth spending for because for me, it is already a complete packaged! smiley

Well, expect it, guys that it will be too pricey when they already put this one on market production, but they are right that even if it’s only the facelift of their previous model. It will still stand out.

Even though it is only the facelift version of their previous car, I can say that it is still looking perfect for me, and it is overwhelming on its appeal! And I’m agreed that it is an epitome of a luxury car.

I simply love this continental GTC for having a simple platform and styling but this convertible car is oozing with car appeal. The interior touch seems very cozy and relaxing.

The white interior touch seems so refreshing, cozy and relaxing though it seems that it didn’t have any special technologies, and I noticed its awesome shiny exterior. Impressive!

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