/2012 Beijing: Bentley Continental GTC W12

2012 Beijing: Bentley Continental GTC W12

Bentley Continental GTC 1 at 2012 Beijing: Bentley Continental GTC W12

Following the Continental GT V8, Bentley also presented the latest version of the W12-powered GTC at the auto China motorshow in Beijing. While the GT V8 is all about how efficient a Continental can be, the GTC W12 doesn’t give a damn about CO2 or fuel consumption. All it wants to be is the ultimate drop-top luxury cruiser. And it probably is.

The new GTC features the same facelift that gave the coupe versions a fresh new look, and it gets a fabulously luxurious cabin. It offers more options than before, with soft-touch leather hides, an extensive range of wood veneers, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets. There are 17 standard soft-touch leather hide colours with six colour split combinations, complemented by a range of seven veneers.

The cherry for the top of GTC’s cake is, as always, the 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine now mated to a  new QuickShift transmission. In the new model the output is raised from 560 PS to 575 PS (567 bhp / 423 kW) and the famed Bentley ‘wave of torque’ has been increased by a further 50 Nm to 700 Nm (516 lb ft).

Also new in this car is an advanced in-car infotainment systems on sale today. Backed by a 30GB on-board hard drive, the eight-inch screen displays the car’s audio, telephone, ride and comfort functionality.

Bentley Continental GTC 2 at 2012 Beijing: Bentley Continental GTC W12
Bentley Continental GTC 3 at 2012 Beijing: Bentley Continental GTC W12
Bentley Continental GTC 4 at 2012 Beijing: Bentley Continental GTC W12


Sculpted exterior design

  • Advanced production techniques such as aluminium Super Forming (front wings) allow for a more sculpted body and sharp ‘power lines’.
  • Unique jewelled headlamps with LED day-time running lights.
  • More upright matrix radiator grille and new ‘double horse-shoe’ rear profile first shown on the flagship Bentley Mulsanne.

 Luxurious, practical hand-crafted cabin with class-leading infotainment

  • New interior with a bold, sweeping dashboard and instrument panel finished in premium soft-touch leather.
  • Choice of 17 hide colours, six colour split combinations and seven veneers.
  • Distinctive ‘cobra style’ seats for added comfort and enhanced rear cabin space.
  • A new touchscreen, 30GB infotainment system introduces advanced satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance, seven-digit postcode entry and Google Map compatibility (market specific).
  • Audio systems feature the latest wide-frequency Balance Mode Radiator speakers as standard.
  • Revolutionary Dirac Dimensions™ DSP for exceptional sound reproduction (Naim for Bentley premium audio).

 More powerful 6-litre W12 engine with FlexFuel capability

  • 6-litre W12 twin-turbocharged engine produces 575 PS.
    (567 bhp / 423 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb ft) of torque.
  • FlexFuel capability – runs on E85 biofuel, petrol or any combination of the two.
  • 0-60 mph 4.5 secs (0-100 km/h 4.8 secs).
  • 0-100 mph 10.9 secs (0-160 km/h 10.9 secs).
  • Top speed 195 mph (314 km/h).

Dynamic Bentley driving experience

  • ZF 6HP28 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by up to 50% and enables double downshifts.
  • New 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the all-wheel drive system reduces understeer when powering out of bends and provides for better modulation of line and attitude by ‘throttle steering.’
  • Increased front and rear track improves grip and stability.
  • Advanced ESC system fully exploits the potential of the more powerful W12 engine and improved chassis.
  • 20” ‘Five Spoke’ alloy wheels with optional 21” wheels in ‘Five Spoke Two-Piece’, ‘Seven Spoke Elegant’ and ‘Ten Spoke Propeller’ designs.

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