2012 Bentley Continental GTC
THE NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC
• Bold, contemporary, sculpted design employing advanced production
• Sensuous, luxurious, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading
• Coupe-like refinement with unrivalled comfort and practicality.
• More powerful 6.0-litre W12 engine with Flexfuel capability, delivering
• Uprated chassis for a more dynamic and engaging open-top driving
(Crewe, England. August 2011). The second generation of Bentley's iconic
Continental GTC convertible will debut at next month's International
Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt.
Taking cues from its GT coupe sibling launched last year, the new
Continental GTC builds on the highly successful foundation of the previous
cabriolet, which premiered in 2006. Bentley's design and engineering teams
have improved virtually every aspect of the iconic convertible with an
uncompromising focus on quality.
While the first Continental GTC was elegant and understated, the sharper
radii and assertive stance of the new model delivers a more contemporary
and muscular presence. Advanced manufacturing techniques produce aluminium
front wings without the need for seams or welds creating the look and feel
of a coach-built car. Twenty-inch wheels are now standard with two styles
of 21-inch wheel, a first for GTC, available as an option, reinforcing the
distinctive, sporting stance of the new Bentley luxury convertible.
The four-seater luxury convertible features a new, even more spacious and
luxurious hand-crafted cabin, with soft-touch leather hides, an extensive
range of wood veneers, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets. There are
17 standard soft-touch leather hide colours with six colour split
combinations, complemented by a range of seven veneers, all produced by
Bentley's talented craftsmen and women.
The GTC's renowned coupe-like refinement is also enhanced. The tailored,
multi-layered fabric hood is complemented by acoustic glass and under-body
panels, for optimum noise isolation.
Superb everyday practicality for a luxury convertible was a hallmark of the
original GTC and much valued by its customers. The cabin of the new GTC is
now even more practical, with additional rear legroom, new storage
solutions and innovative features such as touch-screen infotainment,
automatic seat-belt presenters and a Bentley-designed Neck Warmer for
comfortable roof-down motoring whatever the temperature are all provided as
A wider track, front and rear, sharper steering and retuned suspension
provides a more exhilarating and class-leading drive. Bentley's advanced
all-wheel drive system features a new 40:60 rear torque bias (compared with
50:50 of the original GTC) minimising understeer during hard cornering and
allowing the spirited driver to manage the car's line and balance via
precise throttle control.
This compelling dynamic package is combined with a more powerful 6.0-litre,
twin-turbocharged W12 engine as well as
a new QuickShift transmission enabling faster gear changes than ever before. Power
output is raised from 560PS to 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and the famed Bentley
'wave of torque' has been increased by a further 50Nm to 700Nm (516lb ft).
"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." -Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive,
The Bentley Continental GTC is now available to order and first customer
deliveries will begin in late 2011.
Bentley Continental Supersports
Bentley Motors has announced that the first deliveries of the new
Continental Supersports will begin this month. The new 204 mph (329 km/h)
coupe is the most extreme Bentley road car ever. It is also capable of
running on E85 biofuel and represents the first stage of a wider Bentley
commitment to ensure its entire model range will be capable of running on
E85 by 2012. The new model will arrive in the majority of markets by the
year end. Initial deliveries of Supersports models to the United States
will be gasoline-fuelled, with flex-fuel capability following in mid 2010,
following regulatory approval.
Bentley Continental Supersports sets Ice Speed Record
Bentley announces today its most potent and radically styled convertible
ever -- the 202mph (325km/h) Supersports 'Ice Speed Record' convertible.
This new model, limited to just 100 cars worldwide, is a celebration of the
Company's world ice speed record set two weeks ago by Finland's four-time
world rally champion Juha Kankkunen in a Bentley Continental Supersports
convertible. Driving the all-wheel drive, biofuel-powered 6-litre,
12-cylinder Continental Supersports convertible on the perilous frozen
Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland, Kankkunen achieved a speed of 205.48
mph (330.695 km/h) eclipsing his own ice speed record of 199.83 mph (321.6
km/h) set in 2007 in the Continental GT. Both the new Supersports 'Ice
Speed Record' convertible and Juha's record-breaking Supersports will be on
display on the Bentley stand at the Geneva Show from 1st March.
Bentley Continental GTC facelift - latest driving footage
Bentley has unveiled the new 2012 Continental GTC facelift.
The Cabrio variant of the Continental GT comes with a 6.0 liter W12 twin-turbocharged engine producing 567bhp (423kW
/ 575PS ) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque. The unit is also flex-fuel
capable and can run on either E85 bio-ethanol or regular petrol or any
combination of both. Transmission is a 6-speed ZF 6HP28 with 'Quickshift'
New on the Continental GTC is a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the
all-wheel drive system which reduces under-steer when coming out of a
Prices in major markets are as follows:
U.S. $212,800 MSRP
China RMB 3,838,000
Bentley Mulsanne Craftsmanship
Bentley Motors is releasing an early preview of the processes, technologies
and coachbuilding skills required to create the car manufacturer's new
flagship. It requires 125 man-hours to create the body of a pre-production
Mulsanne at the new 7,500m2 Assembly Centre. The bare metal shells of
high-strength steels and aluminium are assembled using techniques that
range from industry-leading adhesives through to hand-crafted brazing
skills. As Bentley prepares to produce the very first customer cars later
this year, the body assembly team are undertaking a range of Exhaustive tests on the first bodies being
developed in pre-production.