Hot on the heels on posting a 33% sales growth, Bentley unveils the new Continental GTC to the American public at L.A. Auto Show.
America has always been one of the biggest markets for the Continental, and they are going to love this new one. The car on display is a Breeze-colored GTC featuring a custom, coach-built appearance and crisper lines, thanks to aluminium superformed front wings, and, in the rear, the double-horseshoe design first seen on the Mulsanne.
The GTC is more of a luxury yacht than car, yet its 567hp and 516 lb-ft of torque W12 engine can take it from 0 to 60mph in 4.5 seconds and eventually very close to 200 mph. The car has the stiffest chassis of any convertible in the world for great ride quality and handling.
Inside the cabin, besides all the leather and wood and a new touchscreen infotainment with a 30gig hard drive, the GTC now features neck warmers in the rear headrests of its cobra-head designed slim-line seats. With the top up, acoustics have improved thanks to the addition of acoustically-sensitive undersheet, wheel liners, front and side glass and a three-layer roof with a rubber-film middle layer.
The car is priced from $212,800 in America.
At 2011 L.A. Auto shoe Bentley also showcases the Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept.
This multimedia connectivity concept offers an impressive array of bespoke business, comfort and entertainment features – designed to allow customers to conduct business on the move or just unwind between meetings – all beautifully integrated into the sumptuous and comfortable cabin which takes more than 170 hours to create:
Mulsanne rear passengers receive individual Apple iPad workstations with full internet access (integrated into retractable picnic tables) whilst a large, drop-down LED screen ensures that a wide selection of movies as well as television can also be enjoyed.
Renowned for its painstaking attention to detail, Bentley has added a range of finishing touches including a Tibaldi fountain pen from its specially commissioned Collection which is designed to mirror the Mulsanne’s knurled-metal rotary switchgear and which is discretely stowed in the center armrest. The car also features – for the first time on a Bentley – a distinctive Yachting-style veneer, which blends light and dark contrasting tones, throughout the cabin.