Bentley launches Continental convertible
12 April 2006

Bentley has revealed the first details of the latest addition to its Continental range, the 195mph GTC 2+2 convertible.

The car is officially launched at this week's New York motor show. It features the same four-wheel drive system and twin-turbo W12 engine as the Continental GT Coupé and Flying Spur. The 6.0-litre engine produces 552bhp and 479lb ft of torque at 1600rpm - enough to propel the car to 60mph in 4.8sec.

The three-year soft fabric roof incorporates a heated glass rear screen and folds away in less than half a minute. Bentley has worked hard to stiffen the chassis to cope with the lack of a metal roof - the car is 110kg heavier than the Continental GT Coupé, at 2495kg. The GTC can still crack 190mph with the hood down.

The Crewe firm developed a new rear suspension layout to cope with the packaging of the hood behind the rear seats. And like its Continental stablemates, the GTC has the largest brake discs of any production car - 405mm diameter discs at the front (36mm thick) and 335mm at the rear.

Bentley's Mulliner customisation department has already prepared a string of modifications for the car, available from its launch. These include aluminium fascia panels, lambswool rugs for the front footwells, a choice of premium veneers and even a Mulliner alloy fuel filler cap. Bentley estimates the car will be with buyers by the end of this year.

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