Here we have the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC..the Flying Spur is below but this one has the top chopped for your convenience..pics and commentary courtesy of MotorTrend.
The Continental’s speed and handling has always defied its size, and the 2012 GTC is no exception. The drop top’s twin-turbo W-12 makes 15 more horsepower and 37 more pound-feet more than the outgoing model and Bentley expects this GTC to reach a top speed of 195 mph and reach 60 mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds, which would make it only 0.4 seconds slower than the GT that we tested. The standard ZF six-speed automatic now features Bentley’s ‘Quickshift’ technology, which the British automaker says “cuts shift times by up to 50 percent and enables double downshifts” to reach the powerband quicker. The all-wheel-drive system has been recalibrated to offer a rear-biased 40:60 split, as opposed to the outgoing model’s 50:50 split. The front and rear tracks have also been increased to improve tire grip and stability. Thanks in part to aluminum-rich suspension components, the 2012 Continental GTC is said to be 154 pounds lighter than its predecessor. These improvements, along with a Bentley’s advanced ESC and recalibration to the dampers, should make the large convertible feel lighter on its feet.
Not all the improvements to the big ragtop are obvious, and some may wonder why the Bentley Continental GTC wasn’t completely revamped, but for those who will be replacing their gently used model with the new one will appreciate the upgrades that undoubtedly make it a better car than it was.