Frankfurt 2011: 2012 Bentley Continental GTC

Bentley has officially pulled the sheets off its newly redesigned GTC luxury tourer.

Bentley has officially unveiled their new 2012 Bentley Continental GTC luxury sports coupe at Germany's premiere auto show. First details of the luxury convertible were revealed online in late August, but the British-based automaker has also given us some specific sales target numbers. Their target sales goal for this year is 7,000 units, which is equivalent to an increase of around 40 percent of the previous year.

And as of last month, some 4,016 Bentley's have been delivered to customers throughout the world, thus giving them their best sales year so far since 2008. A major source of success? The Chinese market, where more than 1,000 vehicles were sold in the first eight months of this year. But back to the car itself, which is identical to its GT coupe sibling, with the exception of the power-operated retracing softtop. Power comes from that sweet sounding twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W12 engine with 567hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

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A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission offered. Performance-wise, the GTC can go from 0 to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 195mph. Can't see the design differences at first? They're there as the exterior styling has been redesigned and is now produced through such advanced techniques like aluminum Super Forming. The result is a more sculpted body than the previous generation. The interior has all of the typical Bentley equipment such as instrument panel finished in premium soft-touch leather.

Buyers are privileged to choose from some 17 hide colors, six color combinations, and seven veneers. Bentley has also added an updated nav system that has advanced satellite navigation and Google Map compatibility. In addition, the new touchscreen has a 30GB infotainment system. Official pricing begins at $212,800 and first deliveries to customers will begin later this year.

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