First Look: 2012 Bentley Continental GTC

By John Beltz Snyder

August 24, 2011

Bentley has released the full specifications on its second-generation Continental GTC ahead of its debut in Frankfurt next month. The 2012 model features more power, updated driving dynamics, and an improved interior, among other new ingredients.
 
The GTC’s 6.0-lier, E85-capable W-12 engine now produces more power, at 567 horsepower (up from 552) and 516 pound-feet of torque (up from 479). The car’s all-wheel-drive system is now rear-biased, putting 60 percent of the torque to the back wheels, and 40 percent to the front for more balanced cornering. 0-60 time is posted at 4.5 seconds, 0-100 at 10.9, with a top speed of 195 miles per hour. A new six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters is on hand for faster gear changes. Fuel economy is estimated to be 11 city and 19 highway miles per gallon according to the EPA cycle.
 
Further improving the GTC’s dynamics are a wider track at both axles, sharper steering, and a retuned suspension.
 
The car’s four-seat interior is more spacious than before, with soft-touch leather, various available wood veneers, and deep-pile carpets. 17 leather colors are available in the GTC’s hand-crafted cabin.
 
Outside, the car uses advanced manufacturing techniques for aluminum front wings with no seams or welds. The GTC also features 20-inch standard wheels, with three styles of 21-inch wheels being offered for the first time.
 
The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC will start at $212,800.
 
Scroll down for more details in the press release from Bentley.
 
 
THE NEW BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC
  • Bold, contemporary, sculpted design employing advanced production technology.
  • Sensuous, luxurious, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading infotainment.
  • Coupe-like refinement with unrivalled comfort and practicality.
  • More powerful 6.0-litre W12 engine with FlexFuel capability, delivering exhilarating performance.
  • Uprated chassis for a more dynamic and engaging open-top driving experience.
(Crewe, England. 24 August 2011). The second generation of Bentley’s iconic Continental GTC convertible will debut at next month’s International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt.
Taking cues from its GT coupe sibling launched last year, the new Continental GTC builds on the highly successful foundation of the previous cabriolet, which premiered in 2006. Bentley’s design and engineering teams have improved virtually every aspect of the iconic convertible with an uncompromising focus on quality.
While the first Continental GTC was elegant and understated, the sharper radii and assertive stance of the new model delivers a more contemporary and muscular presence. Advanced manufacturing techniques produce aluminium front wings without the need for seams or welds creating the look and feel of a coach-built car. Twenty-inch wheels are now standard with three styles of 21-inch wheel, a first for GTC, available as an option, reinforcing the distinctive, sporting stance of the new Bentley.
The four-seater luxury convertible features a new, even more spacious and sumptuous hand-crafted cabin, with soft-touch leather hides, an extensive range of wood veneers, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets. There are 17 standard soft-touch leather hide colours with six colour split combinations, complemented by a range of seven veneers, all produced by Bentley’s talented craftsmen and women.
The GTC’s renowned coupe-like refinement is also enhanced. The tailored, multi-layered fabric hood is complemented by acoustic glass and under-body panels, for optimum noise isolation.
Superb everyday practicality for a luxury convertible was a hallmark of the original GTC and much valued by its customers. The cabin of the new GTC is now even more practical, with additional rear legroom, new storage solutions and innovative features such as touch-screen infotainment, automatic seat-belt presenters and a Bentley-designed Neck Warmer for comfortable roof-down motoring whatever the temperature.
A wider track, front and rear, sharper steering and retuned suspension provides a more exhilarating and class-leading drive. Bentley’s advanced all-wheel drive system features a new 40:60 rear torque bias (compared with 50:50 of the original GTC) minimising understeer during hard cornering and allowing the spirited driver to manage the car’s line and balance via precise throttle control.
This compelling dynamic package is combined with a more powerful 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine as well as a new QuickShift transmission enabling faster gear changes than ever before. Power output is raised from 560PS to 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and the famed Bentley ‘wave of torque’ has been increased by a further 50Nm to 700Nm (516lb ft).
“The GTC has always been the most emotional model in the Continental range and a showcase for Bentley design. With its tailored soft top, the GTC is a pure British convertible true to those classic Bentleys of the past. However, the technology, performance and overall design excellence invested in this model means that we are now writing a new chapter for the Bentley convertible driver.”
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors.
The Bentley Continental GTC is now available to order and first customer deliveries will begin in late 2011.
Pricing Information
POUNDS STERLING
£149,350
US DOLLAR
$212,800 MSRP
EURO
€170,060
RENMINBI
RMB 3,838,000
YEN
¥26,400,000
  • Pounds Sterling inclusive of 20% VAT.
  • Euro price does not include individual market taxation rates.
  • US Dollar pricing is exclusive of individual state taxes.
THE NEW CONTINENTAL GTC – AT A GLANCE
Sculpted exterior design
  • Advanced production techniques such as aluminium Super Forming (front wings) allow for a more sculpted body and sharp ‘power lines.’
  • Unique jewelled headlamps with LED daytime-running lights.
  • More upright matrix radiator grille and new ‘double horseshoe’ rear profile first shown on the flagship Bentley Mulsanne.
Luxurious, practical, hand-crafted cabin with class-leading infotainment
  • New interior with a bold, sweeping dashboard and instrument panel finished in premium soft-touch leather.
  • Choice of 17 hide colours, six colour split combinations and seven veneers.
  • Distinctive ‘cobra style’ seats for added comfort and enhanced rear cabin space.
  • A new touchscreen, 30GB infotainment system introduces advanced satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance, seven-digit postcode entry and Google Map compatibility (market specific).
  • Audio systems feature the latest wide-frequency Balance Mode Radiator speakers as standard.
  • Revolutionary Dirac Dimensions™ DSP for exceptional sound reproduction (Naim for Bentley premium audio).
More powerful 6-litre W12 engine with FlexFuel capability
  • 6-litre W12 engine twin-turbocharged engine produces 575PS (567bhp/423kW) and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque.
  • FlexFuel capability – runs on E85 biofuel, petrol or any combination of the two.
  • 0 – 60mph 4.5 secs (0-100 km/h 4.8 secs).
  • 0 – 100mph 10.9 secs (0 – 160km/h 10.9 secs).
  • Top speed 195 mph (314 km/h).
Dynamic Bentley driving experience
  • ZF 6HP28 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by up to 50% and enables double downshifts.
  • New 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering.’
  • Increased front and rear track improves grip and stability.
  • Advanced ESC system fully exploits the potential of the more powerful W12 engine and improved chassis.
  • 20” ‘Five Spoke’ alloy wheels with optional 21” wheels in ‘Five Spoke Two-Piece’, ‘Seven Spoke Elegant’ and ‘Ten Spoke Propeller’ designs.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
ENGINE                        
Type: 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Max Power: 567bhp / 423kW / 575PS @ 6000 rev/min
Max Torque: 700Nm / 516lb/ft @ 1700 rev/min
TRANSMISSION        
ZF 6-speed automatic with quickshift and steering wheel-mounted paddleshift
Driveline: Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)
Ratios:
1st. 4.17
2nd. 2.34
3rd. 1.52
4th. 1.14
5th. 0.87
6th 0.69      
Final drive: 3.526 
BODY CONSTRUCTION
Steel monocoque
BRAKES
Front: 405mm ventilated discs (optional 420mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Rear: 335mm ventilated discs (optional 356mm, Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
WHEELS AND TYRES
9.5J x 20” (optional 9.5J x 21”)
Pirelli P Zero 275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21)
STEERING
Type: rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic
Turns lock to lock: 2.6 turns
Turning circle: 11.3m
SUSPENSION
Front: Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti roll-bar.
Rear: Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti roll-bar.
Damping: Continuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic performance.
DIMENSIONS
 
Wheelbase 
2746mm
Overall Length 
4806mm
Width (across body) 
1943mm
Width (including mirrors) 
2227mm
Overall Height 
1403mm
Fuel Tank 
90 litres
Boot Volume 
260 litres
Kerb Weight (EU) 
2495 kg / 5501 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight 
2900 kg / 6393 lb
PERFORMANCE
Top Speed: 195 mph (314 km/h)
0 – 60 mph:  4.5 secs (0 – 100 km/h: 4.8 secs)
0 – 100 mph: 10.9 secs (0 – 160 km/h: 10.9 secs)
30 – 50 mph: 2.0 secs (60 – 100 km/h: 2.5 secs)
50 – 70 mph: 2.4 secs (80 – 120 km/h: 3.1 secs)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (EU Cycle) *
Urban
11.1 mpg (25.4 l/100km)
Extra Urban
24.9 mpg (11.4 l/100km)
Combined 
17.1 mpg (16.5 l/100km)
CO2 emissions
384g/km
* Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to Type Approval
FUEL CONSUMPTION (EPA Cycle) **
City Driving
11 mpg (US)
Highway Driving 
19 mpg (US)
Combined 
14 mpg (US)
** Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to EPA certification.
EMISSIONS CONTROLS
EU 5 and US LEV 11