2008 Bentley Continental GTC

With a top speed of 195mph (312km/h), a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, state-of-the-art 12-cylinder engine, advanced air suspension and ultra-stiff body structure, the Continental GTC displays all the poise, exhilarating performance and dynamic handling of the Continental GT. In common with its stable mates, the interior of the new Continental GTC provides an unrivalled standard of craftsmanship, utilising natural wood veneers and leather hides of the finest quality, which are on full display when you lower the elegant, electro-hydraulically operated soft-top roof.

Bentley’s Continental GTC is the convertible version of the automaker’s Continental GT coupe, which debuted in the U.S. with the 2004 model. Powered by the same W-12 engine as the GT, the 2+2 GTC features a power fabric roof that can lower in 25 seconds, plus a glass rear window. Competitors include the Aston Martin DB9 convertible and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. It’s Continental GT sibling is covered as a separate model in Cars.com’s Research section.

The GTC’s performance figures are quite impressive: Bentley says the convertible can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 195 mph when the roof is up (190 mph when lowered).

Changes for 2008 include a new brake pedal with Bentley’s B logo, standard Sirius Satellite Radio and a new version of Bluetooth that works with more types of cell phones. New options include a rearview camera, three-spoke steering wheel and carbon-ceramic brakes.

The GTC looks much like the GT in front of the windshield, but the GTC’s rear deck has a chrome strip around the passenger compartment. The coupe’s pronounced rear fenders have been carried over to the convertible, as have its four round headlamps and its wire-mesh grille. The result is a convertible that would be at home in New York City, where the car made its debut, or the swanky Hamptons nearby.

When lowered, the fabric roof stows beneath a flush-fitting leather tonneau cover. The GTC uses a rear suspension designed with convertible-top storage in mind, and the GTC is 243 pounds heavier than the coupe because of reinforcements added to compensate for the body rigidity lost along with the metal roof.

The GTC can seat up to four people on front and rear bucket seats, though the rear seats would likely only be comfortable for children. Luxury features include leather seats and wood trim. A number of options, such as a four-spoke wood and leather steering wheel and lamb’s wool rugs, are available from Bentley’s Mulliner organization.

Under the Hood
A 552-horsepower, 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 that produces 479 pounds-feet of torque at a low 1,600 rpm drives all four of the GTC’s wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission that has a Tiptronic clutchless-manual mode. The convertible has an adjustable air suspension.

Two popup roll bars behind the rear seats deploy in the event of a rollover. All-disc antilock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard.

MSRP: $193,990

Engine: Twin turbo 6-litre W12
Maximum power: 552bhp/560PS/411kW @ 6100 rev/min
Maximum torque: 650Nm/479lb ft @ 1600 rev/min
Maximum speed (Roof Up): 195mph (312km/h)
Maximum speed (Roof Down): 190mph (306km/h)
Acceleration: 0-60 in 4.8 seconds
Wheelbase: 2745mm (108.07 in.)
Overall length: 4804mm (189.13 in.)
Overall height: 1398mm (55.04 in.)
Overall width: 2101mm (82.72 in.)
Curb Weight: 2495kg (5500 lb)
Scribbled on June 4th 2008 in Bentley Continental GTC
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