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2012 Bentley Continental GTC

$87,302 — $129,658 USED
Convertible
4 Seats
15 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Numerous customization choices

The Bad

  • Hard to distinguish from predecessor

What to Know

about the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC
  • Redesigned for 2012
  • Four-seat convertible
  • 567-hp 12-cylinder engine
  • Rear-biased all-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Bentley Continental GTC convertible sees a number of subtle updates that refine what's an already refined ultraluxury soft-top car. Power comes from a 567-horsepower, twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder. The Continental GTC's formidable power is part of its appeal but so is the range of interior choices that give owners the ability to customize their car. Competitors include the Aston Martin Virage convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster.

Exterior
Even if you know what to look for, it's hard to see some of the changes to the new Continental GTC. Some of its features have been exaggerated — the inner set of round lights are larger, and the mesh grille extends lower — but the overall shape stays true to the original to a degree not usually seen when a newer version is released.

The Continental GTC's power-adjustable three-layer soft-top is available in eight colors. Lowering or raising the top takes 25 seconds, according to Bentley, and it works at speeds up to 20 mph. The climate control system automatically adjusts airflow when the roof is down. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 20-inch wheels; optional 21-inch wheels
  • LED daytime running lights

Interior
Like its exterior, the changes to the Continental GTC's cabin are subtle. The dashboard retains a plunging center panel that separates the driver and front passenger. Again, choice is the order of the day, as buyers can choose from 17 different leather c...

Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Bentley Continental GTC convertible sees a number of subtle updates that refine what's an already refined ultraluxury soft-top car. Power comes from a 567-horsepower, twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder. The Continental GTC's formidable power is part of its appeal but so is the range of interior choices that give owners the ability to customize their car. Competitors include the Aston Martin Virage convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster.

Exterior
Even if you know what to look for, it's hard to see some of the changes to the new Continental GTC. Some of its features have been exaggerated — the inner set of round lights are larger, and the mesh grille extends lower — but the overall shape stays true to the original to a degree not usually seen when a newer version is released.

The Continental GTC's power-adjustable three-layer soft-top is available in eight colors. Lowering or raising the top takes 25 seconds, according to Bentley, and it works at speeds up to 20 mph. The climate control system automatically adjusts airflow when the roof is down. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 20-inch wheels; optional 21-inch wheels
  • LED daytime running lights

Interior
Like its exterior, the changes to the Continental GTC's cabin are subtle. The dashboard retains a plunging center panel that separates the driver and front passenger. Again, choice is the order of the day, as buyers can choose from 17 different leather colors and seven veneers, all of which are handcrafted by Bentley. Practical changes include slimmer front seats for increased backseat knee room. Interior features include:

  • Electric seat belt presenters
  • System directs warm air at front-seat occupants' necks for enhanced top-down comfort
  • Navigation system with an 8-inch touch-screen
  • Optional ventilated front seats with a massage feature

Under the Hood
The twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine gets a slight increase in power and torque and is now rated at 567 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. The engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission. Bentley cites a zero-to-60-mph acceleration time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine can run on gasoline or E85 ethanol
  • Standard all-wheel drive now features a rear-biased, 40/60 torque split for improved handling

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Pop-up roll bars

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)

Wow, Great Car

by Sandy Silver GTC from Chicago on October 19, 2011

This is a wonderful car. Better than the 2010 Bentley I had. Drive like a dream, great on the highways and very comfortable. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Bentley

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Powertrain

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    10 years old or less/unlimited mileage

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    1 year/unlimited miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Yes

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Continental GTC received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker