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Bentley Continental GTC mk1 Speed

The Bentley brand was established in the 1920′s with the big racing cars and the famous ‘Bentley Boys’. The cars they raced were big, powerful roadsters. They regularly beat the lightweight Bugattis with the shear power of their large engines. In many ways the Continental GTC is the spiritual successor of these cars. A big convertible sports car with an equally large engine to give earth shattering performance.

The GTC is the convertible model completing the Continental range alongside the GT coupe and four-door Flying Spur. Bentley chose to use the traditional soft roof for the car when many manufacturers are choosing to use sophisticated folding hard tops. The GTC benefits from this decision in looks, space and in weight. The roof folds away neatly below a slick leather tonneau cover and doesn’t infringe too much on luggage space. The design of the car is unaffected by the need to stow a roof and with hood up or down it has the looks of an elegant drophead grand tourer.

The added chassis reinforcements to maintain stiffness have had little effect on performance. As with the GT Coupe the convertible has the Volkswagen developed 6 litre W12 engine with twin turbos driving all four wheels. The 552 break horse power can propel the car to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 195 mph.

As you might expect, the Bentley isn’t just a performance car. The interior is as luxurious as you would expect from the marque. With the hood down you can’t ignore the quality of the elegant wood and hide trim. There is also a useful amount of luggage space. Enough claim Bentley for two sets of golf clubs.

Such luxury and performance must have been beyond the dreams of the Bentley Boys but they’d turn in their graves if they knew it was made by the same company that owns Bugatti.

Cars in the Bentley Continental GTC mk1 range:

Bentley Continental GTC mk1 Speed Specifications

Car brandBentley
Roof typeFabric
Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine typeW12
Engine size5998 cc
Power600@6000 bhp
Torque553@1750 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd auto

Bentley Continental GTC mk1 Speed Performance

Max Speed (Manual)- mph
Max Speed (Auto)200 mph
0-60mph (Manual)- seconds
0-60mph (Auto)4.5 seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)- seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)4.8 seconds

Bentley Continental GTC mk1 Speed Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)- mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)17 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)- g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)396 g/km

Bentley Continental GTC mk1 Speed Details

Production dates2009-2010
UK Retail pricefrom £156,800
UK Insurance group20
Luggage capacity260 litres
Fuel tank capacity90 litres
Warranty distanceUnlimited miles
Warranty length3 years
Service Intervals10,000 miles
Information last updated July 22, 2011

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