2013 Bentley Continental GTC

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The Good

  • Exterior styling
  • Powerful W-12 engine
  • Higher efficiency of V-8
  • Comfortable ride

The Bad

  • Feels a bit heavy
  • Little steering feedback
  • Touch-screen's delayed response
  • Minuscule cupholders
  • Price climbs swiftly with options

Notable Features of the 2013 Bentley Continental GTC

  • Newly available V-8 power
  • Optional 567-hp 12-cylinder engine
  • Four-seat convertible
  • Rear-biased all-wheel drive
  • Standard 20-inch wheels

2013 Bentley Continental GTC Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Bentley Continental GTC saw a number of subtle updates in 2012 that refined the ultraluxury soft-top convertible. Power comes from a new-for-2013 500-horsepower V-8 engine or a 567-hp 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 DB9 Volante convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster.

The Continental GTC's exterior styling features a distinctive front-end with four circular lights, a mesh-style grille that drops over the front bumper,  prominent flared rear fenders as well as twin exhaust tips that peek out from below the rear bumper.
 
The power-operated 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. Automatically deployable roll bars pop up to protect occupants in the event of a roll-over accident. Interior features include a leather-trimmed dashboard, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, and optional massaging and ventilated front seats.

The new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 is nearly as powerful as the 12-cylinder engine. It's rated at 500 hp and makes 487 pounds-feet of torque. Instead of a six-speed transmission, the V-8 works with an eight-speed automatic. The car's z...

Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Bentley Continental GTC saw a number of subtle updates in 2012 that refined the ultraluxury soft-top convertible. Power comes from a new-for-2013 500-horsepower V-8 engine or a 567-hp 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 DB9 Volante convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster.

The Continental GTC's exterior styling features a distinctive front-end with four circular lights, a mesh-style grille that drops over the front bumper,  prominent flared rear fenders as well as twin exhaust tips that peek out from below the rear bumper.
 
The power-operated 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. Automatically deployable roll bars pop up to protect occupants in the event of a roll-over accident. Interior features include a leather-trimmed dashboard, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, and optional massaging and ventilated front seats.

The new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 is nearly as powerful as the 12-cylinder engine. It's rated at 500 hp and makes 487 pounds-feet of torque. Instead of a six-speed transmission, the V-8 works with an eight-speed automatic. The car's zero-to-60-mph time is 4.7 seconds, according to Bentley, and its top speed is 187 mph. Under light loads, half of the V-8's cylinders are deactivated to reduce fuel consumption.

The GTC's optional twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine is rated at 567 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. Bentley claims the engine can accelerate the car to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 195 mph. The engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system that has a rear-biased torque split of 40/60, front to rear, to reduce understeer.

In January 2013, Bentley announced details on an even faster version of the convertible. The Continental GT Speed convertible features a 616-hp 12-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 202-mph top speed.


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DYNAMIC & AWESOME

by Mr. Exotic Car Bra! from San Diego,CA. on May 30, 2017

The overall performance is amazing, and looks is hands down sleek, sporty and elegant. Comfort is a factor that I feel is awesome. Dependability is one of the most dependable vehicles on the planet! Read full review

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AMAZING & BEAUTIFUL

by Mr.Car Guy! from San Diego,CA. on May 18, 2017

The car is outstanding overall and very comfortable with great styling and handling. The dependability of this beautiful machine is not comparable. Will go and keep on going. This Vehicle is amazing! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Bentley Continental GTC currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Bentley Continental GTC has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Powertrain

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Bentley

Program Benefits

79-point inspection is conducted by a factory-trained Bentley technician. A Certified Pre-Owned Bentley qualifies for the 24-hour Roadside Assistance program.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year unlimited mileage

    Bentley Supported Certified Limited Warranty includes 1-year and Unlimited Mileage in addition to any remaining new Vehicle Limited Warranty.
  • Eligibility

    10 Years / Unlimited Mileage

    Vehicles receive a 79-point technical inspection.

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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.

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