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 LUXURIOUSThe 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 GEARBOXMoving 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. Latest from JIMS 2011.