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The New York International Auto Show, held annually in April, generally only offers models that have been seen previously, either in Detroit in January, or Geneva at the beginning of March.  New York, though, heralded the appearance of the much anticipated convertible Bentley Continental.  The convertible completes the model line-up of the Bentley GT series, which began with the high-speed tourer itself in 2003, before adding the four door Continental Flying Spur limousine last year.

Powered by the same twin turbo W12 six liter engine as its cousins, the Continental GTC is capable of a maximum of 312 km/h with the roof up, a marginally slower 306 km/h with it down.  The 0-100 km/h sprint time is a remarkable 5.1 seconds.

Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Continental GTC
The roof itself is a traditional fabric soft top, rather than a folding metal type so loved by many manufacturers these days and features a fully automated, electro-hydraulic operation.

Commented Bentley Motors’ chairman and CEO, Franz-Josef Paefgen: “The Continental GTC is the most distinctive new Bentley yet.  It is very elegant and at the same time effortlessly modern.  It will appeal to many different customers: people who are tired of driving sports cars that require too much effort; people who will want to move up from more standard convertibles; and people who want to make a statement about what they drive, yet still own a car they can use every day.”

As usual in a Bentley the new GTC features supreme luxury within the passenger compartment: hand-crafted leather hide and wood veneers, while the three-layer fabric roof with a heated, glass rear screen provides adequate acoustic insulation as well as protection from the elements.  The front seats have a sculpted rear section to provide more knee space in the rear, while the roof, when it is lowered, is hidden beneath a leather tonneau cover.  The roof folds in just 25 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 30 km/h.

Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Continental GTC
Burr walnut is the standard veneer used throughout the Bentley, but available as an option is the choice of bird’s eye maple, madrona – a species of tree found mainly on the west coast of the United States -  piano black or a dark-stained burr walnut.   These veneers are cut using the latest laser technology and are duplicated right to left of the car to ensure complete symmetry.

To allow the W12 engine to produce all its 552 horses (411 kW) and to transmit them to the road, the GTC features permanent all-wheel drive along with a paddle-operated six-speed automatic transmission from ZF of Germany.  Air suspension is standard as is continuous damping control, with a choice of four settings according to both speed and terrain.

Brakes are massive vented discs all round – the largest such discs on any series production car in the world.  Added to these is brake assist, anti-lock braking and electronic pressure distribution.  The parking brake is also electronic, while also acting as an emergency braking system on all four wheels.

To enhance safety, there is a tire pressure monitoring system, while there is a sophisticated roll-over protection system beneath the rear headrests.  If the car’s onboard computer detects an imminent flip, two reinforced steel hoops are deployed in milliseconds, to work in conjunction with the strengthened windshield frame, protecting both front and rear passengers.

Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Continental GTC
The Continental GTC completes the Bentley Continental range.  Dr Paefgen again: “The proportions of the GTC are the epitome of the elegant modern convertible and clearly distinguishable from the GT coupé.  Now our customers have three models to choose from: the GT coupé may be a driver’s car and the Continental Flying Spur a more practical four-door Grand Tourer, but the new Continental GTC is the show piece for Bentley design.”

 
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