Bentley Motors displayed the company's new limited-edition Continental GTC and GTC Speed 80-11 models, designed exclusively for the North American market, on the Concept Lawn at the 60th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Both new cars combine the performance, luxury and craftsmanship for which the 91 year-old Bentley marque is renowned. The 80-11 designation underlines just how limited these luxury British convertibles will be, with Bentley building only 80 examples of each drophead in 2011.
The GTC and GTC Speed 80-11 models deliver the same performance as their 'standard' Bentley counterparts but with their own strong and original styling stories.
The luxurious GTC 80-11 features new 20", 14-spoke alloy diamond wheels, polished with unique black center caps featuring Bentley's distinctive 'B' emblem.
The more performance-oriented GTC Speed 80-11 offers the muscular Supersports' 20" wheels, now finished with an eye-catching dark tint, and displaying sporty red brake calipers underneath.
Both cars give a nod to Bentley's British heritage and incomparable craftsmanship, with Union Jack brightware badges on the front fenders.
Bentley's extensive choice of colors is available for both GTC 80-11 models but for those seeking even more exclusivity, a new color - Midnight - has been commissioned. The 80-11 GTC and GTC convertibles offer the Dark Grey Metallic soft top and the Mulliner fuel-filler cap as standard.
Bentley's styling team has created two unique interiors for these exclusive convertibles. The main leather hide choice for both vehicles is Beluga, and the contrast stitching, piping and Bentley emblems are white on the GTC, and Pillar Box Red on the GTC Speed.
To complement the Piano Black veneers on both 80-11 Editions, the engine-turned aluminum dash has a bright finish in the GTC and a sportier dark finish for the GTC Speed.
Race-inspired drilled alloy foot pedals are standard on both vehicles and to further differentiate the special editions, the vehicles' treadplates and a badge on the console are branded with the "80-11 Edition" signature.
The 80-11 Edition GTCs and the 80-11 Edition GTC Speeds arrive at Bentley dealers in fall of 2010 as model-year 2011 vehicles.
For model-year 2011, the GTC and GTC Speed, along with all Bentley Continentals, features FlexFuel technology, which enables the vehicle to run on gasoline, E85 biofuel or any mix of the two without any compromise in performance.