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By Cars.com Staff
January 15, 2009
Vehicle Overview Bentley's Continental GTC is the convertible version of the automaker's Continental GT coupe. Powered by the same W-12 engine as the GT, the 2+2 GTC features a power fabric roof that can lower in 25 seconds, plus a glass rear window. For 2009, there's a new performance model, called GTC Speed. Competitors include the Aston Martin DB9 convertible and Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder.
Its Continental GT sibling is covered as a separate model in Cars.com's Research section.
New for 2009 The Continental GTC lineup gets a new front grille, adaptive cruise control and retuned power steering for improved feedback.
Exterior The GTC looks much like the GT in front of the windshield, but the GTC's rear deck has a chrome strip around the passenger compartment. The GTC has pronounced rear fenders, as well as four round headlamps with chrome bezel surrounds. The GTC's wire-mesh grille has been revised and is now more upright, with a larger lower air intake.
Available 19- or 20-inch wheels
Auto-dimming power, heated mirrors
Bi-xenon headlamps with headlight washers
Automatic rain-sensing wipers
Interior The GTC can seat up to four people on front and rear bucket seats, though the rear seats would likely only be comfortable for children.
Luxury features include six natural, unbleached, laser-cut wood veneers and 17 different colors and styles for the leather-wrapped upholstered interior. A number of options, such as a four-spoke wood and leather steering wheel and lamb's-wool rugs, are available from Bentley's Mulliner organization.
Available real wood or aluminum trim
Diamond-quilted leather seating surfaces and door inserts
Leather-wrapped gear selector and steering wheel
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Available heated steering wheel
Under the Hood The GTC comes with a standard twin-turbo W-12 engine, also found on the Continental Flying Spur.
Bentley says the convertible can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 195 mph when the roof is up (190 mph when lowered). The GTC is 243 pounds heavier than the coupe because of reinforcements added to compensate for the body rigidity that's lost along with the metal roof.
552-horsepower, twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 with 479 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Auto-leveling/adaptive air suspension
Speed-sensitive hydraulic steering
Optional ceramic brake discs
Optional adaptive cruise control
Safety Two pop-up roll bars behind the rear seats deploy in the event of a rollover. Other safety features include:
Front seat-mounted side airbags
Antilock brakes with brake assist
Electronic stability system with traction control
Front and rear parking sensors
Available front and rear parking cameras
Continental GTC Speed The twin-turbo W-12 can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 200 mph. Other distinguishing features include a dark-tinted front grille, 20-inch wheels and a lowered and upgraded suspension. The rear features unique, wide dual tailpipes and a rear lip spoiler.
600-hp, twin-turbo W-12 with 553 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed automatic transmission with Drive and Sport modes
20-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli performance tires
Available Burr Walnut, Dark Walnut and Piano Black trim