2012 Bentley Continental GTC | new car review

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 by

2012 Bentley Continental GTCFor those who relish the charms of sporting luxury with a gusto for hair styling on the go, the 2012 Continental GTC has been launched! This is the first cabriolet variant since the premier of the first GTC in 2006. The Continental has been accepted as one amongst the few ‘modern day classics and has rightly chosen to keep with the contours of its predecessor. State-of-the-art production methods were used to form the aluminium front wings without the need for seams or welds, adding a dimension of ‘sleek’ to the design. The blue-blooded coach gets powerful xenon headlamps that are encircled with LED day-time running lights, the automotive equivalent to the Crown Jewels, on second thoughts, maybe not. The fascia is planted with a more upright matrix radiator grille and the rear profile ‘double horse-shoe’, first seen on the flagship Mulsanne.2012 Bentley Continental GTCLuxury is in this four-seater is rendered by an extensive range for wood veneers, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets. The tailor-made, multi-layer fabric hood is aided by acoustic glass and under-body panels, for optimum noise cancellation. Bentley designers have added a chapter in practicality, promising extended rear legroom, new storage pockets and bins, Neck Warmer for comfortable roof-down motoring and automatic seat-belt presenters. Drive dynamics have been enhanced in the GTC via a wider track, upfront and in the rear, sharper steering response and retuned suspension. The revised torque split ratio on the all-wheel drive system has a rear torque bias specifically 40:60, unlike  50:50 split of the original GTC.  This should theoretically minimize understeer during hard cornering and allow the skilled driver to manage the car’s line by modulating throttle input, making it more of a driver’s car. The 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine produces a superlative 567bhp, up by 15bhp on its predecessor and the peak torque figure of 700Nm is available from as low as 1700rpm, up by 50Nm on the previous generation. Power transmission duties are handled by the new ZF manufactured 6HP28 gearbox w/QuickShift that cuts shift times by up to 50% and enables double downshifts. The infotainment system has an in-built 30GB hard drive with a new touchscreen through which the updated satellite navigation can be operated. The sat-nav comes inclusive of dynamic route guidance, 7-digit postcode entry and Google Map compatibility, the latter being market specific. For quality sound reproduction Bentley has partnered Dirac Dimensions™ DSP for supply of audio systems whilst Bentley premium audio customers get Naim audio. Both systems feature the latest wide-frequency Balance Mode Radiator speakers as standard. The FlexFuel capability allows the GTC to run on E85 biofuel, petrol or the combination of the two. 2012 Bentley Continental GTCPerformance figures are just shy of those put up by the GT . The 0 to 100 km/h and 0 to 160 km/h runs are clocked in 4.8 seconds and 10.9 seconds, respectively. The GTC runs out of breath at 314 km/h at which speed you would be contacted by Flight control. Give it 2 wings and perhaps it would take off. Houston we have no problem! The 2 plus tonne purchasable regality of a coach rolls on 20” 5 spoke alloy wheels, which come as standard. Optional 21” wheels in ‘5 Spoke 2-Piece’, ‘7 Spoke Elegant’ and ‘10 Spoke Propeller’ designs are also available for the ‘bespoke’ customer. Bentleys have been a common sight in the Middle Eastern landscape and regardless of the price, (in any which way you say it sounds like a million dirhams), we are bound to see a few on the road. Comparisons to the Phantom Drophead by Rolls Royce and the Ferrari California, may seem far fetched but they are amongst the GTC’s closest rivals. Also, as good a car it may or not be, but Bentley in all probability is banking on customer loyalty to sell the Continental GTC.2012 Bentley Continental GTC

3 Responses to 2012 Bentley Continental GTC | new car review

  1. bentley car fans Reply

    October 20, 2011 at 8:12 am

    more power equals to better performance figures

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Reply

      October 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Not necessary. Power to weight ration is a factor that can affect performance too…

  2. BuKhalifa Reply

    October 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Ms Bentley 
     You are best best best ………etc of the best CAR award

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