2013 Bentley Continental GTC review

25 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2013 Bentley Continental GTC review
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2014 Bentley Continental GTC

The Continental GTC qualifies not only for its own zip but also the designation as an event on Able to attract attention the push of its starter button, a car that will have talking at first glance.

And to pose with it at second.

invited us to live a faux of the rich and famous, albeit in one of the brand’s strongest global South Florida.

What is it?

The Continental GTC is a bespoke four-seat crafted (not built) to the exacting standards of coachbuilders yesteryear but with the latest in under hood – er, . Using techniques derived parent company Volkswagen, the GTC combines the best of the old world, the new.

One engine choice is in this GTC line. Power for the GTC from a massively huge but actually tightly packaged, 12-cylinder twin-turbocharged and intercooled Built in a W12 configuration (four comprised of three cylinders per it produces 567 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a 516 lb-ft of torque at a somnambulistic rpm.

Fuel is delivered through fuel injection rather an increasingly common direct system.

For those with sporting, lighter weight a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with deactivation is also available in the of the Continental GT V8 S.

Power from the W12 is to the pavement through a ZF-built automatic transmission (up two cogs the 2013 model’s six-speed and then to a permanent all-wheel-drive that starts with a torque split which is depending on where traction is

Our test model was equipped carbon ceramic brakes black calipers. Slotting in at an $13,875, they certainly do things back under following a rather spirited that potentially could 195 mph. Conversely, you could buy a Kia for rainy days instead.

The GTC is a car by virtue of all the options that for its owners. Bentley dealers can help to order the car of your but just in case you are actually in such circles, you can always go to the headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire, Kingdom, to meet with advisors who will be happy to personalize your new hooptie.

With choices ranging exterior and interior colors, wheels, plating, audio and so on, the distinct possibility exists no two Bentleys are actually alike.

it up against?

An exclusive party, the GTC can with other attendees as the Rolls-Royce Wraith, Mercedes-Benz’s AMG, the Aston Martin DB9 and Maserati Gran Turismo

How does it look?

The iconic returns, albeit more than before. An evolved of the model that preceded it, the new GTC has minimized curves and panel in an effort towards more design and construction. Body are made through the technique as superforming, where aluminum is to more than 900 degrees F, and shaped using air pressure.

LED rings the headlamps and just the amount of bling adorns the keeping in mind that if it like metal on a Bentley, so it is.

A properly shaped, multiple convertible canvas roof or as it’s called over . actually looks well-suited to the that others can only for. In addition to the weather-treated acoustic glass and underbody do their part to maintain the of solitude that manages to the extraneous outside noise to a

And on the inside?

As over-the-top that the GTC is outside, inside is where the really begins to strut the peacock it is. Start with the walnut veneer that the dashboard. Beautifully figured, it not look out of place on some of the most expensive musical

All the creature comforts you can imagine 14-way adjustable seating in with heat and ventilation to keep you as cool or toasty as you That’s what happens you are enjoying the Shiatsu massaging of the seats while cruising up the

The leather seat coverings some of the highest quality we have experienced, but were in a surprisingly sedate choice of contrasted with brown wings over the dashboard. our choice would have more towards a nice tint. Entertainment, as though the GTC not entertaining enough, came the anything but standard audio with 30 GB of storage space and an touchscreen display.

If we had to find a in the GTC, it would be in the rear which to our backs sit too straight up and to be comfortable for an extended period of

But does it go?

A push of the GTC’s on whirs a smallish sounding engine, perhaps the motor a Volkswagen Jetta, to spin the W12 to

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Some in life are just Count Bentley as one of the lucky gifted with earthshaking that totally makes us they build 5,500 behemoths. Good for a 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, this is a fast car by any †especially once you consider its

The EPA says to expect 12/20 which is terrible by most but less appalling once car’s size and power are in.

When unleashed, the GTC throws neck back into the luxuriously cushy headrests likely to ever encounter. things better, our model was with neck warmers, pipe warm air down our on cold winter days. another example of time – in this case a case for a longer periods of top motoring.

That extra means there is more to take advantage of the GTC’s deft handling.

The massive 21-inch Dunlop are directed via a ZF Servotronic speed-sensitive and pinion kit. The suspension is of four-link double wishbones in and a multi-link setup in the rear. dampers control the ride and can be varied in four steps comfort to sport mode.

while not perfect, displayed road feel that confidence while at the same making the GTC feel smaller it actually is. The car does suffer a lengthy throttle pedal tip in, but if we this much, it would a good shove to get us moving as

In the city, deliberate and well out moves are the order of the day. At on the highway, the GTC’s automatic take over, constantly the ride as needed. Crisp on sweeping and tight radius alike, are assisted by the moveable of the Bentley’s AWD system.

This corners extremely flat, the actual size of the vehicle. is amazing considering this is a and a high performance one at that.

We dance around curves, care not to disrupt the flow to we’ve become accustomed. not sure that’s a result of how much this car would cost us ourselves, or the fact it’s on loan from but to return it with a ding or would not be in good form.

One of the finest motorcars available the Bentley Continental GTC convertible gobs of refinement and a list of in the cost is no object stratosphere of supercars.

While clearly not a in the same vein as a McLaren, or Ferrari, it is one of those rare of premium British craftsmanship.

Bentley Continental GTC base $218,500. As tested, $251,005.

Ceramic Brakes, $13,875; Specification, $4,335; 21-inch wheels, $2,235; Contrast $1,905; Neck warmer, Seat ventilation and massage, Embroidered Bentley headrest $640; Alloy foot $565; Two-toned leather steering wheel, $440; steering wheel stitching, Gas Guzzler tax, $2,600; $2,725.

Photos by Mark

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