Since its debut in 2006, the Bentley Continental GTC has enjoyed sales success in over 50 countries across the globe. And the introduction of the new GTC range builds on this success with a subtle evolution of its distinctive style and a range of enhancements benefiting comfort and customer choice. The appeal of the GTC is further strengthened by the addition of the new 600hp GTC Speed model -Bentley's most powerful convertible ever, inspired by Bentley's legendary 'Speed Models' from the 1920s.
The new GTC models share a fresh frontal appearance. The radiator grille is more upright with a more pronounced square edge, and there's a bolder lower air intake. These latest models are further distinguished by chrome headlamp bezels, the availability of two new exterior paints and a new color hide.
For the standard GTC, new low-friction dampers provide improved ride comfort. In addition, two significant new options on both GTC models include lightweight, fade-resistant, carbon-ceramic brakes - the largest production passenger car brakes in the world at 420 mm in daameter - and a sophisticated follow-to-stop Adaptive Cruise Control with long-range radar that monitors traffic and manages throttle as well as brakes to maintain a driver-selected time gap.
The GTC's chassis and rigid steel body have proved more than capable of coping with the power of the 552hp 6-liter W12 engine. For the new Continental GTC Speed, Bentley's twin-turbocharged W12 now develops 600hp that delivers true 200mph performance, with the roof up. Even with the roof down the GTC Speed can reach 195mph.
The Continental GTC Speed is visually distinguished by subtle enhancements to emphasize its high performance credentials. At the front, the radiator and lower air intake grilles feature a dark tinted matrix as standard. Larger diameter 20x9.5" multi-spoke wheels with Bentley-bespoke Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tires, lowered and uprated suspension, wider twin-rifled exhaust tailpipes and a new trunk-mounted lip spoiler reinforce the sporting character of the Speed model.
The GTC Speed's 600hp W12 engine develops 9% more power than the standard GTC. However, it is the 15% increase in torque that really distinguishes the Speed model, which now develops an impressive 553 lb/ft. This is achieved across virtually the complete rev range, from just 1700-5600rpm.
The 0-60mph sprint is dispatched in a mere 4.5sec and 0-100mph in 10.6sec.
The GT Speed coupe, which debuted in 2007, has become the top-selling GT model across the globe. It was followed in summer 2008 by the four-door Continental Flying Spur Speed. Now, the Speed family is completed with the introduction of the GTC Speed, which is expected to account for up to two-thirds of GTC sales worldwide in its first year of production.