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The newly launched GTC Speed is Bentley?s most powerful convertible ever. The introduction of the new GTC range builds on the success of the Bentley Continental GT ? so popular with Premier League footballers in the UK - with a subtle evolution of its distinctive style and a range of technical and feature enhancements benefiting comfort and customer choice. The appeal of the GTC line-up is further strengthened by the addition of the new 600bhp (442 kW) GTC Speed model. It is Bentley?s most powerful convertible ever and is to a great extent inspired by Bentley?s legendary ?Speed Models? from the 1920s.


Bentley won the Le Mans 24-Hours classic five times in the 1920s, initially with a 3-liter model then with a 4? liter, and finally, in 1930 with a 6? liter - hence the ?Speed? epithet. The final 1930 victory Bentley was driven by Woolf ?Babe? Barnato and Glen Kidston.? Woolf Barnato bought the Bentley company in 1926. A wealthy socialite and member of the so-called Bentley Boys, he won Le Mans three times as well as famously racing the Blue Train from Cannes in the south of France to Calais. He won with four minutes to spare.

The racing though was to take a significant financial toll, but supported by Barnato?s millions, Bentley Motors soldiered on until, in 1931, Bentley was taken over by Rolls-Royce.? The two marques remained synonymous until the late nineties when Volkswagen acquired Bentley and Rolls-Royce ? the name, logo and Spirit of Ecstasy hood motif ? by BMW.

The new GTC models share a fresh frontal appearance. The radiator grille is more upright with a more pronounced square edge, accentuating the Bentley profile, and bolder lower air intake. The latest models are further distinguished by chrome headlamp bezels, the availability of two new exterior paints and a new color hide.?

For the standard GTC, new low-friction dampers provide improved ride comfort. In addition, two significant new options may be specified on both GTC models: lightweight, fade-resistant, carbon-ceramic brakes, the largest production passenger car brakes in the world, and a sophisticated follow-to-stop adaptive cruise control system with long-range radar sensor that monitors traffic ahead and manages throttle and brakes to maintain a driver-selected time gap.

The GTC?s chassis and rigid steel body have proved more than capable of coping with the power of the 552bhp 6-liter engine. For the new Continental GTC Speed, Bentley?s twin-turbocharged W12 now develops 600bhp that delivers a true 322 km/h, or the magical 200 mph, with the roof up, with equally effortless acceleration. Even with the roof down the car can reach 312 km/h. The 0-100 km/h? sprint comes up in just 4.8 seconds and 0-160 km/h in 10.5 seconds.

The Continental GTC Speed is visually distinguished by subtle design enhancements which emphasize its higher performance credentials.? At the front, the radiator and lower air intake grilles feature a dark tinted matrix as standard. Larger diameter multi-spoke alloy wheels with specially developed Pirelli PZero ultra-high performance tires, lowered and uprated suspension, wider twin-rifled exhaust tail pipes and a new boot-mounted lip spoiler that enhances high speed aerodynamics, reinforce the sporting character of the Speed model.??

The GTC Speed?s 600 bhpW12 engine develops 9 percent more power than the standard GTC. However, it is the 15 percent increase in torque that really distinguishes the Speed model, which now develops an impressive output of 750 Nm. This is achieved across virtually the complete rev range, from just 1700 to 5600 rpm.

Bentley chairman and chief executive, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen explains the rationale behind the GTC Speed: ?The Continental GTC is an elegant Grand Touring convertible in the Bentley tradition, exciting the emotions with its distinctive blend of performance, luxury, craftsmanship and modernity. The GTC Speed completes the family of Continental Speed models and broadens the appeal of the GTC to customers who demand a more focused, open-top driving experience.?


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