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The new & improved Bentley GTC
Complete with a centre console display that lets you know when the roof is down! Now that is a whizzy-gadgety thing worth having!
Oh, and it's fast. Damned fast.
Bentley has created what it claims is the world’s fastest four-seat drop-top by slotting the drivetrain from the Continental GT Speed into the Convertible. With a claimed top speed of 202 mph, the car is 3 mph slower than the GT Speed coupé but 7 mph quicker than the old Bentley Speed Convertible.
Powered by the twin turbo 6.0-litre W12, the car has 616 bhp and 590 lb ft, giving it a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 sec. All of the torque is available from 2000 rpm and continues until 5000 rpm, and 100 mph comes up in 9.7 sec. In the Convertible, the engine returns 19 mpg, a 15 per cent improvement over the old car.
As with the Speed GT, the suspension has been lowered by 10mm compared to the regular GT, with stiffer bushes, uprated anti-roll bars and revised air springs and dampers. The steering has been reworked to provide greater feedback.
The increase in top speed over the convertible hasn’t required much additional aerodynamic work to increase downforce — Bentley says a gentle lip on the bootlid is enough to keep the car on the road. Other external changes include dark chrome air intakes and radiator grille, 21" wheels (only available on the Convertible), and enlarged tailpipes with rifled interiors.
Inside the car is trimmed in Mulliner spec, with its characteristic quilted diamond pattern leather, along with dark aluminium across the dash. Carbonfibre is an option.
It will go on sale next summer, and although Bentley hasn’t decided on pricing, expect it to cost around £164,000, around £15,000 more than a regular GT Convertible.