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2018 Bentley Continental GT rendered as a GTC

It was only a few days ago that we saw photos of the all new 2018 Bentley Continental GT, and now, someone has already tweaked it, turning it into a GTC. This is an unofficial release of the droptop as it was a rendering made by an artist and was published in X-Tomi Design, but we feel like a variant like this will soon come out in the Continental's lifecycle.

Though the design may look familiar to you, the updates are actually found in the heart of the car instead, with the new MSB underpinnings just like the Porsche Panamera, giving it an overall improvement. Bentley gave the Continental GT its much-needed diet, making it lose a total of 80 kilograms (176 pounds), as its predecessor was extra heavy. After the huge weight loss, we still can't say that it is lightweight, but at least the driving experience will be a little easier.

To lower the nose, the front axle of Crewe's latest GT had been pushed forward a bit, by around 135 millimeters (5.3 inches), giving way to the nose. Under the elongated hood is a powerful biturbo 6.0 liter W12 TSI that carries out as much as 626 horsepower (466 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton metres) or torque. This engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission that helps channel power to the wheels. The GT now has an active four-wheel drive system instead of the 60/40 rear-to-front split. This function helps the car send power where it is necessary as it monitors driving conditions.

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2015 Dodge Viper GTC custom model announced, starts at $96,995

Dodge will be offering “one-of-one” customized Vipers to customers starting February 2015. Customers could order these custom Vipers through dealers using a special concierge service that allows them to directly track their car while it is being ordered, built and shipped.

The custom Viper comes with personalized name tag embossed into the instrument panel and could be availed in a new GTC trim level in over 25 million distinct build combinations.

The free custom service prevents customers from ordering a GTC car with the same features and specs, according to Dodge brand chief Tim Kuniskis. The hand-built Viper can be availed using any of the 8,000 exterior colors, 24,000 hand-painted custom stripes, 10 wheel options, 16 interior trims and six aerodynamic packages.

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2014 Vauxhall Astra GTC receives new 1.6 CDTi Whisper Diesel engine

The Vauxhall Astra GTC could now be availed with the 1.6 CDTi ‘Whisper Diesel’ engine, which replaces the 1.7 CDTi. The Astra GTC is the latest Vauxhall model to receive the new engine, which is already available in the Astra, Meriva and Zafira Tourer. The new engine provides up to 136 PS in output and 320 Nm in torque, while still delivering excellent fuel economy.

It is paired with an improved six-speed manual transmission in the Astra GTC. The GTC 1.6 CDTi comes with Start/Stop plus a braking energy recuperation system as standard, allowing it to deliver fuel economy of up to 72.4mpg on the combined cycle and emit 104 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

It is also Euro 6-compliant. The 1.6 CDTi is considered one of the best engines in its class in terms noise and vibration, all thanks to an efficient combustion process with multiple injection and re-designed components, as well as the use of acoustic covers.

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2014 Geneva Preview: Behold the Opel Astra OPC Extreme

The 2014 Opel Astra OPC Extreme became official today ahead of its world debut that will take place in March, at the Geneva Motor Show. According to the German carmaker, the new Astra OPC Extreme was developed on the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track and it is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers over 300 hp.

What’s more interesting is that the new hot hatch is equipped with all the key high-tech components from its racing peer, the Opel Astra OPC Cup. In fact, the Astra OPC Extreme was developed directly from the Cup version of and promises to bring pure racing technology to the road. Opel says that the engine found under the Extreme’s carbon fiber hood is the most powerful four-cylinder unit the company has ever produced.

The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox that sends the power through a limited-slip differential. Thanks to the carbon fiber components, the Astra OPC Extreme is 100 kilograms lighter than the standard Astra OPC. Opel used carbon composite for the rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, hood, suspension cross-bracing, the engine cover, complete wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof.

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Opel will be taking the wraps off the new Opel Astra OPC Extreme at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. A genuine race-bred performance car developed on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, the new Opel Astra OPC Extreme is propelled by a 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers more than 300 hp of output. Sharing all the key high-tech components from the Opel Astra OPC Cup race car, the Astra OPC Extreme is designed to bring pure racing technology from the track to the road.

Opel is planning to produce the new Astra OPC Extreme in low numbers should the concept gain positive reaction from the public.

Sitting underneath a carbon fiber bonnet, the 300-plus hp 2.0-liter turbo gasoline all-aluminum engine employs direct injection and variable camshaft phasing to become the most powerful four-cylinder unit that Opel has built so far. Power is sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential.

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For those who have a problem with the SUVs and four doors, especially with the 2013 Range Rover we have some good news: Merdad has just released the first photos of their 2013 Range Rover Coupe! That’s right folks, we have a coupe version of the 2013 Range Rover. Dubbed the 2013 Range Rover Highland GTC, the new coupe promises to be the most luxurious and powerful yet.

Following the Porsche Cayenne 902 Coupe launched back in 2010, the new Range Rover Highland GTC features new larger doors, a complete overhaul of the interior and an aerodynamic kit. The wheel arches are similarly styled to Merdad’s Cayenne Coupe and they have been extended by 92 mm.

The bodykit includes a new front bumper with LED daytime running lights included, new side skirts, a brand new hood with larger air intakes, a rear roof spoiler, a carbon fiber rear lip and a new carbon fiber air diffuser with integrated exhaust system.

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Bentley will use the eight-speed automatic gearbox on its GT and GTC models. This type of gearbox was recently seen on the GT Speed. The current six-speed ’box is replaced by the close-ratio unit from ZF. The updated cars will start delivery this October. This has the same time-scale as the GT Speed. With this new gearbox, the 567bhp W12-equipped GT is able to accelerate from zero to 60mph by 0.1sec faster to 4.3sec.

It also drives the Continental GTC to make the 0-60mph sprint faster by 0.3sec to 4.4sec. The Continental GT can move from zero to 100mph in under 10.0sec at 9.8sec while the GTC can achieve this in 10.3sec. Both cars’ fuel economy ratings were also given a boost by the gearbox.

The GT has improved its fuel economy rating from 17.1mpg to 19.5mpg, and its CO2 emissions have been reduced from 384g/km to 338g/km. Previously, the GTC shared its economy and CO2 figures with the GT. But because of the eight-speed gearbox, it now offers fuel economy of 19.0mpg and a CO2 emissions level of 347g/km.

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Opel is the first ever automaker to use an iPhone to display preselected data from the CAN bus (Controller Area Network) for further analysis. All the electronic control units in the vehicle are connected via the CAN bus, or its central system. To get access to CAN bus data, all that Apple smartphone users have to do is to download the OPC PowerApp an application or App from the AppStore for only 0.79 euro.

The application will make its global debut in the Astra OPC with its 206 kW/280 hp output, the sporty leader of Opel’s compact car lineup. The CAN-bus gathers the signals from the various vehicle areas. To date, just highly specialized workshops could access these data by using specialist software. But now, Opel is giving the OPC PowerApp to owners so that they get the chance to get selected, performance-related data.

But even after the car is turned off, the OPC PowerApp can still offer up to 60 different data, such as engine boost pressure, throttle position, lateral acceleration or engine torque. These are easily available in real-time on the iPhone but may also be stored to be looked at later.

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Imperium Automotive has launched the new limited edition customization package for the new generation Bentley Continental GTC. The famed Bentley personalization specialists updated the exclusive Imperium Audentia GTC convertible upgrade program.

New Imperium Bentley Continental GTC Audentia package -- a limited edition upgrade and is available in the strictly limited worldwide production number – is an exclusive package that can be ordered directly through UK based Imperium. The Audentia GTC package comes with a a new bespoke designed front bumper with grille, air vents and visually lowering sport side skirts.

The custom rear apron design provides a new subtle boot lip spoiler, rear diffuser and newly designed sports exhaust tips. The Imperium Bentley Audentia GTC bodywork parts are deftly designed and built using the finest British engineering techniques, processes and principles. Each individual limited edition package is offered in the finest ultra light prepreg autoclave carbon fibre.

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Opel/Vauxhall’s 155mph Astra VXR/OPC hot hatch excellent handling is attributed mostly to the German-built Drexler limited-slip differential that’s the first of its kind to be used in a production front-wheel-drive road car. The differential uses circular plates that lock to prevent the 276bhp VXR from spinning away power in corners and over cambers when the car is being driven hard.

Since the 1960s, the plate-type diffs have been used in motorsport in front-drive cars. But typically, they work with an aggressive action and are challenging to drive. But then, Vauxhall said that the Drexler Motorsport unit is incredibly easy to drive.

VXR boss Volker Strycek, a former touring car racer, said that there’s “very little snatching of the wheel” and that it has been tuned so that the operation wouldn’t be felt. In addition, Strycek has driven front-drive cars that utilize torque-sensing front diffs like the Ford Focus RS. He also said that the VXR has much better steering. The VXR’s HiPerStrut front suspension, which decouples the front wheels from the steering axis, aids in reducing torque steer.

Read the entire article Opel/Vauxhall Astra VXR/OPC promises excellent handling thanks to Drexler limited-slip differential

When Vauxhall’s most powerful Astra VXR ever is displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, it will have noticeably lighter front seats with the use of the latest in technology. It also now has a lower seating position and improved side support to manage the increased cornering loads. The new front seats of the Astra VXR are formed using an injection moulded sheet in the seat shells.

This decreases the weight by 45% compared to a conventional shell. The sheet uses a composite material built from polyamide and fiberglass. Because it is strong and agile, it only has to be 2-3 mm deep. This makes it considerably lighter.

The driver and front passenger are brought lower to the Astra VXR’s centre of gravity, which means that the new seats are mounted 17 millimetres lower than in the Astra GTC.

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Bentley Motors has launched its new Continental GTC Convertible at the Qatar International Motor Show. The all new convertible, which takes cues from its GT coupe sibling launched in 2011, boasts of an even more luxurious and spacious hand-crafted cabin.

It also has soft-touch leather hides, cool-touch metals, deep-pile carpets and an extensive range of wood veneers. It enables faster gear changes more than ever, thanks to a more powerful 575PS 6.0 liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine and the new QuickShift transmission.

Bentley Motors' member of the board for sales and marketing, Alasdair Stewart, commented that the new GTC has always been the "most emotional model" in the Continental lineup and "a showcase" for Bentley design. He added that the GTC is "a pure British convertible" true to the classic Bentley units, but with the performance, technology and overall design excellence put into the vehicle, the automaker is now "writing a new chapter for the Bentley convertible driver.">

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After we saw the 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 it’s time to take a look at the convertible version: folks, this is the 2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8. Just like the coupe version, the new GTC V8 will ditch the W16 in favor of a more fuel-efficient 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering a maximum output of 500 bhp (507 PS / 373 Kw) at 6000 rev/min and an extraordinary peak torque of 660 Nm (487 lb ft) which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rev/min.

The engine is mated to a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission and it can push the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in of 4.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).

The vehicle will be able to achieve a fuel consumption of 10.9 l/100 km which will make it capable to offer a range of over 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank of fuel. Just like the GT V8, the new Continental GTC V8 will feature the same accessories in order to be identified with its potent V8: a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-coloured strakes.

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There’s no way that a $140,000 Bentley would sell for just $14,000 but Andre Souang won this vehicle on eBay last month for this amount. Unfortunately, he received the disappointment of his life when the managers at Bentley Scottsdale told him that the auction listing was a mistake and that the car isn’t for sale. eBay later sent a form message to say that the auction was canceled for unspecified reasons.

Any hint of an auction was removed from Souang's account and from the Website. After just a few hours of the auction on Oct. 25, it seemed like the car was never on sale.

Typically, Bentleys sell for six figures. This 2008 convertible that Souang made for a bid for was in pristine condition and had very low mileage. It also had just one prior owner. Souang said that he had a suspicion that there was something awry when the "Buy It Now" offer was accepted. He believed that the dealer would make a counteroffer instead of shutting him down.

Read the entire article Bentley Continental GTC bought for $14,000 on eBay, seller refuses to give it away

Bentley Motors’ new Continental GTC makes its debut in North America at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept, the next generation of mobile connectivity, could be seen at the Bentley stand.

Targeted at executives, this concept offers a new multimedia experience inside the luxurious, hand-crafted cabin of Mulsanne, Bentley’s flagship model. Alasdair Stewart, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing, said that the automaker considers Los Angeles to be the “ideal location” for the launching of the GTC convertible. Steward added that Southern California is still the “most successful market” for Bentley in the US. He also said that the U.S. is still the biggest market in the world for Bentley.

In 2011, Bentley’s worldwide sales have increased by a third. This is due largely to the new model introductions like the GTC convertible (which arrives in the U.S. market in the later part of the year) and the new GT coupe (which has already started selling in the spring. It’s expected that many will be on the lookout for the new Continental GTC. The Breeze-colored drophead GTC that debuts at the LA Auto Show has been given crisper lines and a look that’s custom and coach-built. It has aluminum superformed front wings while at the rear, there’s a double-horseshoe design at the rear that’s first seen on Bentley’s flagship Mulsanne.

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Opel/Vauxhall unveiled today the all-new 2012 Astra GTC OPC, the most powerful Astra ever. Set to go on sale in summer 2012, the new OPC variant of the Astra GTC will be powered by a 2.0-liter direct injection turbo gasoline engine delivering 206 kW/280 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. This engine will make the vehicle the fastest Astra, with a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.

We do admit that the power delivered by the engine is too much for the front wheels as the current version of the Astra GTC OPC is not very stable.

But, according to Opel, it seems that the whole chassis of the sports car is designed to deliver power, without comprise and it was tested and polished on the Northern Loop (“Nordschleife”) of the Nürburgring race track in Germany under the supervision of the Opel brand ambassador Joachim (“Jockel”) Winkelhock. Moreover, the car features the high tech front-wheel suspension, HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut), but also the fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system.

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Bentley introduced today the 2012 Continental GTC at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and the manufacturer has already started to take orders for the second generation of its popular convertible, which is powered by a revised 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine coupled with a new QuickShift transmission. The British luxury car brand has also revealed that the delivery for the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC will start in late 2011.

Bentley has raised the power of this model from 560PS to 575PS (567bhp/423kW). Meanwhile, its peak torque was boosted further by 50Nm to 700Nm (516lb ft).

The automaker said that the ZF 6HP28 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system reduces shift times by as much as 50% and it also results to the doubling of downshifts. The four-seater luxury convertible comes with FlexFuel capability; it can make use of E85 biofuel, petrol, or any combination of the two.

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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).

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Opel has released more details about its new GTC range a month after it announced its pricing. The car is expected to undercut rivals such as the Scirocco by a fair margin. Opel has started to take orders for this vehicle, which offers a more advanced front suspension setup so that the chassis is better at sticking to the road.

Several features were borrowed from the 325 hp Insignia OPC, including the HiPerStruts used on the front axle. There isn’t anything remarkable on its back but there were upgrades done on the GTC’s distinctive Watt’s link/compound crank rear end. The engine range for the GTC consists of powertrains that offer from 120 to 180hp.

They are expected to stick better to the road than the regular 3-door. Michael Harder, Opel engineering’s supervisor for vehicle dynamics, said that armed with the GTC’s dynamics, it aims to surpass the best in class.

Read the entire article Opel shows off the high-performance chassis of the 2012 Astra GTC

Opel/Vauxhall is preparing to launch the Astra GTC later this year – a car that it claims will be the most dynamic car in its class. Developed in the UK, the Astra GTC is meant to go up against the Renault Mégane coupé and Volkswagen Scirocco. The Vauxhall Engineering Centre made this three-door coupé undergo extensive chassis tuning.

The carmaker claims that as a result, this car has “unmatched stability and handling precision.” Vauxhall gave all the models the Insignia VXR’s sophisticated HiPer strut front suspension and combined it with a Watt’s link axle at the rear – a move that enhances steering precision and feedback, lessens torque steer, and boosts grip and cornering power.

Retained from the GTC’s five-door sister car are just the door handles and roof aerial. Its ride height is lower by 10 mm; its wheelbase is 10 mm longer; and the track is wider by 40 mm at the front and wider by 30 mm at the rear. The Astra GTC has received FlexRide adaptive damping that instantly adjusts to varying road surfaces and driving styles. At just the touch of a button, the driver may select the mode -- whether Standard, Sport or Tour.

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