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Bentley Continental GT Convertible breaks cover

November 27, 2018, 05:05 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Bentley Continental GT Convertible breaks cover

-    The new Bentley GTC soft-top folds down in 19 seconds while travelling up to 50kmph.

-    Powered by the same 626bhp 6.0-litre W12 engine with a 0-100kmph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 333kmph.

After the new-gen Continental GT, which has been around for almost a year, Bentley has officially revealed the new Continental GTC. Based on the gorgeous EXP 12 Speed 6e, the GTC takes its design cue from the GT Coupe and comes with a Z-folding soft top which can be had with Tweed material for the first time. 

Under the hood is the same 6.0-litre W12 putting out 626bhp and 900Nm. Despite gaining almost 160 kg weight over the coupe (tipping the scale at 2,414kg over coupe’s 2,244 kg), the GTC is capable of hitting 0-100kmph in just 3.7 seconds. That’s merely 0.1 seconds slower while the top speed is the same at 333kmph. 

The GTC is also five per cent stiffer and lighter than its predecessor. Meanwhile, compared to the Coupe, the GTC only gets changes to the soft-top and slight cosmetic changes while mechanically both cars are identical. The Z-folding roof can be retracted in just 19 seconds while doing speed up to 50kmph. There has been a three-decibel noise reduction as well, compared to the older car with seven fabric options to choose from. 

Appearance wise, the front is indistinguishable but at the rear, there’s no retracting spoiler on the GTC. Which means the Gurney spoiler is more prominent on the convertible with slight tweaks around the sides to help with the aerodynamics. On the inside, the same cabin as the coupe is seen with lavish and opulent materials. There is a 12.3-inch infotainment system with a heated steering wheel, neck warmers for the 20-way adjustable seats and heated armrest. The music system is a Naim 2,200 Watts 18-speaker audio unit. However, the boot space has been reduced to 235 litres, down by 123 litres compared to the coupe. 

Prices are yet to be announced, but it’d surely be expensive than the coupe. We expect to see the new GTC at the upcoming Los Angeles Motor Show. It will go on sale early next year and hopefully will arrive at our shores in late 2019 along with its Coupe version. 

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