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Bentley strips Continental GTC

2011-08-24 10:44

LAP OF LUXURY: The sumptuous (and all-new) Bentley Continental GTC goes on show at the 2011 Frankfurt show.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Bentley
Model CONTINENTAL GTC
Engine 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Power 423kW at 6000rpm
Torque 700Nm at 1700rpm
Transmission ZF 6-speed automatic with quickshift and steering wheel-mounted paddleshift
Zero To Hundred 4.8 seconds
Top Speed 314 km/h
Fuel Tank 90 litres
Fuel Consumption 16.5 litres/100km
Boot Size 260 litres
Steering rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic
Tyres Pirelli P Zero 275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21)
Front Suspension Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti roll-bar
Rear Suspension Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti roll-bar
The covers will come off the latest Bentley Continental GTC convertible at next month’s 2011 Frankfurt auto show.

Clearly inspired by its GT coupe sibling launched in 2010, the second generation convertible takes the 2006 original’s design and delivers a more contemporary and athletic product.

Although still providing the utmost in luxury, the four-seater convertible’s hand-crafted cabin is all-new with soft leather hides, a forest of wood veneer, polished metals and deep-pile carpets for its finishes.

EVEN MORE LUXURIOUS


The larger cabin offers additional rear legroom, new storage spaces and features such as touch-screen infotainment, automatic seat-belt presenters and a "neck warmer" for keeping comfy while driving top down on a chilly day.

Dynamically, a wider track (front and rear), sharper steering and retuned suspension are said to contribute to a “more exhilarating” drive.

Bentley’s all-wheel drive now has a 40/60 rear torque bias (compared with 50/50 of the original GTC) to minimise understeer during hard cornering and allow more spirited drivers to manage the car’s behaviour while at full tilt.

MORE POWER, QUICKER GEARBOX


Moving the car along is an updated, more powerful six-litre, twin-turbo W12 engine mated to a new QuickShift transmission for quicker shifts than before. Power output is up to 423kW, while 50Nm more torque increases this figure to 700Nm.

Although the Bentley Continental GTC will enjoy its global debut at Frankfurt, the car is now available to order and first customer deliveries will begin in late 2011, the company said.

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