Bentley Drops GT Top

September 26, 2005

Today, Bentley announced the introduction of the Continental GTC, the convertible version of the GT. The 2+2 is a welcome addition to the GT, that arrived in 2003 and so far is very successful.

The GTC has the same W-12 engine as the coupe, that delivers 561 hp and has 479 lb-ft of torque. Also the same six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive system and advanced air suspension are carried over from the GT. The GTC has a top speed of 190 mph.

Although the Continental GTC shares the technology of the GT and has the same familiar family looks, the design is unique. According to design director Dirk van Braeckel, Bentley wante toensure that the GTC looks as good with the roof up as it does with the roof down.

The soft fabric roof, that is equipped with a heated glass rear window, is stowed belos a tonneau cover. The package leaves enough space for rear passengers and luggage.

The Continental GTC is the second convertible in the current Bentley range and will follow the Azure that will go on sale in spring 2006. The GTC can be expected by late 2006. More details, full technical specification, availability and pricing will be released closer to the Continental GTC's on-sale date.--Henny Hemmes

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