2012 Bentley Continental GTC Unveiled

August 24, 2011
The floodgates are officially open and the European heavyweights are tripping over themselves to preview their Frankfurt wares. We've already seen the 2012 Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458 Spider, and now it's Bentley's turn. The 2012 Continental GTC is official.

More evolution (slight evolution) than revolution, the new GTC looks a whole lot like the old GTC to the untrained eye. But Bentley employs a few styling updates including a more aggressive stance and more upright grille. It drops more than 150 lbs. from the outgoing convertible and adds equipment like jeweled headlamps with daytime-running LEDs and standard 20-inch wheels (two styles of 21-inch wheels optional).

Under the slightly tweaked hood, Bentley upgrades the 2012 model with the Continental GT's 567-hp twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 FlexFuel engine. As in the GT, the engine is mated to a ZF Quickshift transmission, and Bentley shifts torque from its all-wheel-drive system toward the rear for a 40:60 bias. Other performance tweaks include widened front and rear tracks, retuned suspension and sharper steering.

Acceleration (0 to 60 mph) improves to 4.5 seconds (10.9 seconds to 100 mph) and the top speed remains 195 mph.

Inside, the Bentley's cabin provides enhanced comfort with more rear legroom and a Bentley-designed neck warmer for nippy days. Also added are a touchscreen-based infotainment system and new storage solutions. Bentley customers will have a choice of 17 standard soft-touch leather hide colors, six color split combinations and seven veneers when equipping the handcrafted interior.

The new Continental GTC will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month. The car is available to order now, priced from $212,800, with deliveries scheduled for late this year.

[Bentley via MotorAuthority]

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