RE: New Bentley Continental GTC revealed

RE: New Bentley Continental GTC revealed

Monday 26th November

New Bentley Continental GTC revealed

The GT might be the best car Bentley has ever made. Deep foundations then for the Convertible version



In the time we've spent so far with Bentley's latest Continental, we've found it to be the epitome of everything the marque entails. Power, elegance, comfort, refinement; you name it, the GT has it. Except, of course, the ability to shed its roof and expose its occupants to the open air above.

All of that changes today though, with the launch of the third generation Continental GTC. Obviously it's very closely related to the Coupe on which it is based; power, for example, comes from the same combination of 6.0-litre W12 and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Its 635hp and 664lb ft propelling the GTC to 60mph in 3.7 seconds, one tenth slower than the Coupe, and on to an identical top speed of 207mph.


There are a few noteworthy differences, though, and they don't all revolve around the roof. The body-in-white is 20 per cent lighter than it was in the previous model, yet it's five per cent stiffer than before, too. This has been achieved thanks to the "intelligent utilisation" of aluminium and high-tensile steel, and should allow the GTC to retain most of the dynamic ability offered by the hardtop despite the loss of its roof structure.

Attention to detail is one of the defining characteristics of any Bentley, and as such many of the Coupe's most beguiling creature comforts find their way into the GTC. The three-sided 12.3-inch touchscreen of Bentley's rotating display makes a welcome comeback, as do the cut-crystal headlights, dual-veneered facias - which use over 10 square metres of wood for each car - and 15 individual carpet options.


Unique to the Convertible is the all-important neck warmer, which has been redesigned to be both warmer and quieter than before, and combines with the heated steering wheel, seats and armrests to make year-round open-top motoring a more enticing prospect. Moreover, the car gets the latest Pirelli P Zero tyres, developed to create a noise cancelling effect by "creating less friction against the road without compromising grip", however that works...

Then there's the soft top. Available in seven colours including a "contemporary interpretation of British tweed," the Z-fold Convertible roof utilises an all-new combination of insulating materials to deliver a ride as quiet as the previous generation hardtop GT. Impressive stuff. It can be raised or lowered in 19 seconds while traveling at up to 30mph and "transforms the Continental GT Convertible from a luxurious coupe into an open-top Grand Tourer at the touch of a button".

Other than that it's largely as you were from the Coupe. Except for the price, that is, which starts at £175,100 - around £19,000 more than the hardtop - and is a number, we'd imagine, that will increase as quickly as the one on the speedometer can once options boxes start getting ticked.



 





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B17NNS

Original Poster:

17,650 posts

183 months

Monday 26th November
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What a fabulous way to get around smile

GranCab

1,267 posts

82 months

Monday 26th November
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cloud9

Mafffew

1,216 posts

47 months

Monday 26th November
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I reckon this looks even better than the regular GT, lovely

berlintaxi

7,504 posts

109 months

Monday 26th November
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Just beautiful, no finer way to travel.

rdhicklin

1 posts

65 months

Monday 26th November
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Eagerly awaited and worth the wait, it looks fabulous.

A perfect replacement for my much loved GTC V8S

On my way to Crewe to join the queue!
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Sport220

36 posts

11 months

Monday 26th November
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Fabulous

Is there a V8 Conti GT on its way too?

Dan the Deck

43 posts

19 months

Monday 26th November
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Those rear lights really need sorting

Gameface

5,820 posts

13 months

Monday 26th November
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Rather like that.


Greg66

8,169 posts

114 months

Monday 26th November
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These things have come a long way since they first came out.

3.7 to 60 and 207 top speed? Mighty performance right there in something that is never going to be lightweight no matter how much of a diet it goes on.

Cold

5,666 posts

26 months

Monday 26th November
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I like these, I even liked the previous generation. What a fabulous way to be a hooligan. biggrin

NJJ

117 posts

16 months

Monday 26th November
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Looks wonderful. Once the V8S arrives it will be the peak of the range I reckon.

epom

5,947 posts

97 months

Monday 26th November
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That does look good, I imagine its absolutely huge though. Who drives these ? Genuine question by the way.

Noodle1982

708 posts

42 months

Monday 26th November
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Spectacular.

Jack69

32 posts

13 months

Monday 26th November
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Saw one of these at a service station in the testing camo, looks really good in the metal.

Plate spinner

12,876 posts

136 months

Monday 26th November
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B17NNS said:
What a fabulous way to get around smile
My thoughts exactly

ambuletz

7,267 posts

117 months

Monday 26th November
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Are we all looking at the same car? I'm not keen on it's looks, the grille doesn't suit it or bentley's style, it almost looks aftermarket. squint and it almost looks like a 90s mk6 toyota celica (but i do like the celica).

Arsecati

98 posts

53 months

Monday 26th November
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D@mn, that is one seriously handsome looking machine. Bentley have hit the target perfectly.

Robert-nszl1

217 posts

24 months

Monday 26th November
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As the former owner of a GT Speed, I hope they make this thing more reliable. And the dealer service under the Bentley warranty was atrocious. Mine was found to have had some of the suspension components wrongly installed (at the factory) and they questioned whether it should be a warranty claim! That and the never ending electrical faults and niggles. A superficially good car in many ways, but never again Bentley......

Promised Land

3,087 posts

145 months

Monday 26th November
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ambuletz said:
Are we all looking at the same car? I'm not keen on it's looks, the grille doesn't suit it or bentley's style, it almost looks aftermarket. squint and it almost looks like a 90s mk6 toyota celica (but i do like the celica).
Not keen myself but coming to a Premier league training ground car park near you soon in bling form.

Fiammetta

55 posts

24 months

Monday 26th November
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The coupe in the flesh is too large and too bling chrome wise .
As said above that wide front grill feels wrong .
I do hope the “ Bentley “ written across the bootblid is a no cost delete option .It looks naff under the wings emblem ,as if the great unwashed Corbyinesters need it rubbing in there faces .
It’s not subtle enough.

When ,I am ready to change I will be looking for a late run out modal of the old shaper updated coupe from 12 onwards .

There obviously will be a bit of pent up new modal demand which I guess will take a couple of years to run down . Footballers , and other folks low in the IQ dept .
Then what ?
Think Ferrari 488 from a 458 .
The folks in the know which ones the more desirable/ better feeling to sit in .

With the Bentley practicle reasons like supermarkets and other tight road manoeuvres make its new elephantine proportions off putting as a daily.I use my Conti as my daily ,it blends in nicely imho .