The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC will make its world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13.
Bentley will open the order books for the second-generation Continental GTC following its debut at the show, with Australian and international deliveries to commence early in 2012.
Taking styling cues from the GT coupe that launched late last year, the new GTC builds on the foundation of the first-generation cabriolet from 2006.
In true Bentley style, the Crewe-based manufacturer says ‘virtually every aspect’ of the convertible has been improved, ‘with an uncompromising focus on quality’.
The Continental GTC is powered by the twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 engine from the coupe, producing 423kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
Capable of running on regular petrol, E85 or any combination of the two, the GTC accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and will continue on to a top speed of 314km/h.
The upgraded chassis features a wider track, front and rear, sharper steering and retuned suspension, while the all-wheel drive system now has a 40:60 rear-biased torque split (from 50:50) to reduce understeer during spirited cornering.
Outside, the Continental GTC scores aluminium panels, unique jewelled headlights and LED running lights, a more upright radiator grille design and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The new, more spacious cabin can be finished in a choice of 17 different leather colours or six colour split combinations, and seven wood veneers.
The dashboard and instrument panel have been redesigned, and the centrepiece of the console is a new 30GB touchscreen display for satellite navigation and infotainment functions.
Bentley Motors Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, said the new Bentley Continental GTC was a “pure British convertible true to those classic Bentleys of the past”.
“The GTC has always been the most emotional model in the Continental range and a showcase for Bentley design,” Mr Durheimer said.
“The technology, performance and overall design excellence invested in this model means that we are now writing a new chapter for the Bentley convertible driver.”
Australian prices are yet to be revealed, although expect a around a $25,000 increase over the GT coupe, which is priced from $405,714.
Read CarAdvice’s review of the Bentley Continental GT.