The British luxury car manufacturers Bentley Motors launched the Continental GTC for the first time in 2005. It is a two-door convertible car based on its previous sibling Continental GT coupe. Bentley has a long tradition of crafting premium automobiles with utmost care so that you can own premium handcrafted vehicles which are a beauty to behold and a pleasure to drive. One of the exclusive features of this car is you can avail them in a myriad of colour shades. Currently, there are 35 different tones available in India- Amber, Burnt Oak, Breeze Blue, Bronze Brown, Apple Green, Aurora, and Black Sapphire being the popular ones.
The outer surface of all the Bentley cars comes with an elegant feel, resonating the refined taste of the owner. Though the original Continental GTC had an understated look, the current 2012 upgrade presents an assertive stance with many contemporary features. The front fascia bears the signature Bentley grille along with the traditional four-lamp format shining like a jewel. These aesthetic headlamps with LED daytime-running lights signify the matured taste of manufacturers. The three-layer fabric roof of Continental GTC gets crafted in eight colours and can fold and rise electrically in just 25 seconds. You can operate this function when the car is running up to a speed of 32 Kmph. The entire body of the convertible comes in smooth curves keeping aerodynamics alive.
The handcrafted car comes with a luxurious cabin with soft-touch premium leather upholstery, a wide range of wood veneers for the dashboard, and deep-pile carpets on the flooring. Continental GTC also has an advanced infotainment system complemented by a 30GB onboard hard drive. You get an 8-inch touchscreen display taking care of the entertainment and navigation function. Bentley rightfully claims that they are the pioneer in crafting unrivalled levels of cabin quietness; the interlayer glass, wheel-arch liners, and underbody sheets go a long way in minimising outside noise.
Beating at the heart of Continental GTC you find a 6.0-Litre Twin Turbo-charged W12 Engine, churning out 633 bhp@5900 rpm power and peak torque of 840 Nm@2000 rpm. It woos the rider not only with an outstanding girth but also an incredible performance. The engine remains mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox supplying power to all the wheels. Pick up is the area where this convertible outshines others by a wide margin. You can zoom here from 0 to 100 Kmph in just 4.5 seconds, and top speed recorded so far is 314 Kmph.
The Continental GTC is currently available at INR 3.91 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). There is very less scope of the competition of this supremely luxurious four-seater convertible. However, Ferrari’s V8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet come close to it regarding pricing and specification.
There are several advantages of rising the Continental GTC.
• You get world-class craftsmanship in both the exteriors as well as interiors of the car. • The Twin Turbo-charged W12 Engine is excellent regarding handling and performance. The seamless gearshift offers outstanding driving dynamics to the rider. • You get bespoke options in designing the cabin of the convertible.
There are a few points of improvement in this car as well.
• The rear seats are cramped, and only children can find it comfortable in those seats. • The cost of maintaining the car is a challenging affair. • Bentley should improve its dealership network in India.
Finally, we can say owning a Continental GTC is a dream for many automobile lovers. If you are prepared to invest INR 3.91 crore, then there is nothing better than riding this convertible.