Bentley has started to take orders for the second generation Continental GTC. Deliveries will start in late 2011. The British luxury car brand said that the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC is equipped with a revised 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine coupled with a new QuickShift transmission. The power output has been increased from 560PS to 575PS (567bhp/423kW) while the peak torque was raised by 50Nm more to 700Nm (516lb ft).
Bentley asserts that the ZF 6HP28 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system reduces shift times by as much as 50% and it also leads to double downshifts. The four-seater luxury convertible has FlexFuel capability as it can operate on petrol or E85 biofuel, or a combination of the two.
The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC can accelerate from a standstill to 60mph (0-100 km/h) in just 4.8 seconds. It can sprint from 0 to 100 mph (0 – 160km/h) in 10.9 seconds and it has a maximum speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).
It has a combined fuel consumption rating of 17.1 mpg (16.5 l/100km) in EU Cycle and 14 mpg for the EPA Cycle, while claiming to have CO2 emissions of 384g/km of CO2. There are 17 hide colors available, with, six color split combinations and seven veneers. The debut of the second generation of Bentley’s iconic Continental GTC convertible will be at the International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt in September.
The new Continental GTC borrows cues from the GT coupe that was launched in 2010. It seeks to build on the very successful foundation of the older cabriolet, which was launched in 2006. The design and engineering teams of Bentley have tweaked almost all areas of the iconic convertible with a focus on raising the quality.
The first Continental GTC was elegant and modest but the new model has a sharper radii and an assertive stance that results to a presence that’s more contemporary and muscular. Bentley made use of advanced manufacturing techniques to create aluminum front wings without requiring seams or welds that result to the appearance and feel of a coach-built car. The new Bentley offers a set of 20-inch wheels as standard while three styles of 21-inch wheel are offered as options – a first for GTC.
Head of Interior Design Robin Page led the styling team whose goal was to design an interior for the Bentley Continental GTC that was to be modern and more dynamic while being able to provide a high level of craftsmanship, quality, and comfort.
The team also wanted it to raise the bar when it comes to a convertible interior that exhibited luxury. Specifically, the team wants to set new levels as it relates to the everyday practicality that customers anticipate from a luxury supercar convertible. What this entailed was the creation of a lighter aesthetic by removing everything in the interior that was unnecessary and thus resulting in additional usable space for the people inside.
While this is indeed a challenge, the styling team was more than willing to take it head-on. The front seats follow a Cobra style with the head rests integrated to them thinner by 25 mm compared to the Continental GTC. This results in additional knee room for the passenger in the rear. However since the dashboard’s underside follows a concave scalloping design, it also gives extra knee room for those in the front. By utilizing multi-layer foams, support and comfort of the seats are enhanced. Offered for the first time inside the GTC, a ventilation system comes as an option for the front seats and this is coupled with an improved pneumatic 10-cell massage function.
This gives it that refreshing and more stable experience. Since the seatbelt presenters are operated electronically, it means buckling-up takes less effort especially for those sitting in front. The front seats have also been fitted with the advanced air-flow system called 'Neck Warmer' that comes with three power settings. This feature is controlled through a switch located in its seat valance and was made to offer extra comfort while driving this model with the roof down. Storage intended for mobile phones and keys have been enhanced by simplifying the design of the center console through having at its base a new cubby hole.
With the cup-holder moved from the inside of the central arm rest to an open position that is beside the hip of the driver, it becomes more user-friendly. Customers though can request to have the removable and folding case that has been intricately designed. This case is best for keys or even glasses. This has been crafted from veneers and has been hidden in order to complement the interior. It even has the Bentley wing motifs.
Another significant challenge with regards to the design was to make sure that the interior and the exterior are styled in a way that they complement especially when the roof is down. Just as important, its cabin had to be designed in a way that it moves effortlessly from the front portion and to the rear. It all starts with the dashboard and the instrument panel, both of which reflect in a subtle manner Bentley’s flying wings theme.
The graphic on the door and the quarter panel delivers that continuous and dynamic movement throughout the length of the cabin. While the craftsmanship is unmatched, it goes towards the back with the tonneau cover having hand-stitched leather hide. Drivers and passengers are able to experience unmatched quality and comfort especially with the level of attention given to the interior combined with the luxurious hand-crafted materials.
Customers are now given the choice from 17 colors for the soft-touch leather hide in 6 split-color combinations. This is complemented with a selection of 7 veneers, all of which have been created by hand at the company’s very own workshops located in Crewe, England. For the Continental GTC line-up, one new color for the hide and one new veneer have been added. The veneer is Tamo Ash which is a blond veneer from Asia. Meanwhile the new hide color is Breeze which matches the color of the exterior.