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by Karl Peskett

CarAdvice recently brought you spy shots of the forthcoming Continental GTC Speed – well, now it’s here, official, and stunning.

The recent changes to the GT series to add the Speed nameplate has continued with the GTC Speed receiving the same 449kW W12 engine as in the Continental GT Speed and Continental Flying Spur Speed.

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That means this handcrafted convertible has 12-cylinders, two turbos and a whole lotta grunt, to get it from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. The new GTC Speed also claims the title as Bentley’s most powerful convertible ever built. All that power doesn’t mean you have to skimp on driver comfort, though.

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The GTC Speed retains its GTC sibling’s trademark leather and wood interior, whilst adding a quilted hide treatment, drilled alloy pedals, a dark chrome grille treatment, and wider, rifled exhaust outlets – all falling in line with similar additions to the rest of the Speed range.

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What’s really interesting, though, is the GTC Speed’s roof, which although goes up and down in 25 seconds, still allows a top speed of 322km/h when up. The aerodynamics of the car are excellent, too, as even with the roof sunk into the boot, you can still reach 312km/h. Genuine hold-onto-your-hat material.

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The rear seats are actually usable, too, being a genuine 2+2 seater. The 2009 version of the ‘regular’ GTC also has had some improvements, the most notable being a revised steering system for improved feedback and feel.

The GTC also features a more upright grille, and optional radar based ‘follow-to-stop’ cruise control system. New interior and exterior colours round out the updates.

Bentley Australia says that there is no definite date for a local release, or local pricing, however as soon as we know, you’ll know.




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