Official 2012 Bentley Continental GTC Facelift

The second generation of Bentley’s Continental GTC convertible will debut at next month’s International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt. Taking cues from its GT coupe sibling launched last year, the new Continental GTC builds on the previous cabriolet, which premiered in 2006. It has an overall weight saving of 70kg versus its predecessor.

Twenty-inch wheels are now standard with two styles of 21-inch wheel, a first for GTC, available as an option. The four-seater luxury convertible features a new, even more spacious and luxurious cabin, with soft-touch leather hides, a 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. The cabin offers more additional rear legroom, new storage solutions and features such as touch-screen infotainment, automatic seat-belt presenters and a Bentley-designed Neck Warmer. The multi-layered fabric hood is complemented by acoustic glass and under-body panels, for the best noise isolation.

A wider track, front and rear, sharper steering and retuned suspension are combined with a new 40:60 rear torque bias, compared with 50:50 of the original GTC. The GTC is powered by a more powerful 6.0 liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine linked to a QuickShift transmission. Power output is raised from 560hp to 575hp and the torque has been increased by 50Nm to 700Nm. 0-100km/h is done in 4.8 seconds and the top speed 314km/h.

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