The Bentley Continental GTC was introduced in 2005 along with the four-door Flying Spur. The 2009 limited edition Supersports 621bhp release that followed proved that Bentley could still come up with its famous super-fast bruisers. Bentley has also moved on with the times thanks to its help from its cheque writer, the Volkswagen. The result is the Bentley Continental GTC, which not only moves on from any impressions of the company’s resistance to 21st century needs but also still retains what put this manufacturer on the map.
The Continental GTC shares many elements from the Volkswagen Phaeton. The 6.0-litre W12 engine that it comes with is both a bargain and a top performer with its 576 bhp delivery. But the vehicle also comes with a downsized unit, the 2.0 litre that still packs in Audi technology. This unit has an electronic management system that detects a throttle opening, enabling a gentle acceleration or consistent cruise. The unit also has four of the eight cylinders closed and as a result is a very effective V4 unit. A similar function can be experienced as well in the 6.75-litre V8, but a more improved version would be the 4.0-litre engine that includes an on-demand electrical system, thermal management, lower-rolling-resistance tyres, and is matted with a ZF automatic gearbox. The gearbox also allows for a six per cent gain in efficiency.
The GTC has a more flared rear spoiler next to the GT. What results is a neater drop-top profile. The more obvious revisions would be the headlights that are surrounded by LED lamps, as opposed to the bigger close-set twin headlights that have defined the GT.
The V8-engined model gently distinguished itself from the W12, with features such as gloss black mesh on the new radiator grille and air intakes, as well as a red enamel background on the winged B badge.
Lower the roof and you see this vehicle at its best work. Plus you can even heat the seats according to the right temperature, and the other options allow you to choose from several ambient temperatures.
The GTC impresses with its 60mph sprint from rest arrived after just 4.5 seconds. Acceleration into 100mph only takes 10.8 seconds. Plus the vehicle’s eight-speed auto gearbox shifts quietly, but still giving driving enthusiasts that much needed exhaust whump to assure them of a high speed performance.
Ride is a major asset of this model thanks to its kerb weight. The 21-inch alloy wheels don’t get in the way of its fine ride; plus softness can be set appropriately between Comfort and Sport. Body control and bump absorption is readily controlled by these settings as well.
Unfortunately handling and ride aren’t delivered equally. Since the Bentley is a sports car, handling is not its strong point. But you can still expect positive steering and some accuracy, but without much agility. Brakes are quick and reliable, but handling still a problem at the cost of its weight.
The interior disappoints in being unable to balance an athletic look with opulence, despite the model’s deep-seated heritage. The classic material choices, clean finish, and cleverly placed broad strokes prevent the interior from becoming a mess to behold.
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