Bentley Unveils New 2012 Continental GTC

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The new Bentley Continental GTC is officially revealed just a few weeks ahead of its live debut at Frankfurt.

Bentley has officially revealed their second generation Continental GTC convertible just ahead of its live debut at next month's Frankfurt Auto Show. With styling cues taken directly from its GT coupe sibling, the new GTC features a power-operated retracting softop. It's powered by the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine with 567hp and 516 lb-ft of torque that's in the coupe.

Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the GTC can go from 0 to 60mph in 4.5 seconds, 0 to 100mph in only 10.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 195 mph. While it may be slightly difficult to see at first the updated styling, the new exterior features advanced production techniques such as aluminum Super Forming, which allows for a more sculpted body, specifically on the front wings. Stepping inside and you'll find an interior that's every bit as luxurious as before, only with even more attention to the finer details.

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Featuring a bold, sweeping dashboard and instrument panel that's finished in premium soft-touch leather, buyers will have their choice of 17 hide colors, six color combinations, and seven veneers. There's also an updated nav system with advanced satellite navigation and dynamic route guidance and Google Map compatibility. There's also new touchscreen with a 30GB infotainment system. Other improvements involve the overall driving experience, with a new 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system.

According to Bentley, this "reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by throttle steering." Also included are standard 20-inch 'Five Spoke' alloy wheels and optional 21-inchers in 'Five Spoke Two-Piece,' 'Seven Spoke Elegant,' and 'Ten Spoke Propeller' designs. If you happen to have some extra cash to spend, pricing begins at $212,800. Orders are now being taken and the first deliveries will begin in late 2011.

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