2012 Bentley Continental GTC Launched
The British car manufacturer Bentley has released this week the first official photos and details of its 2012 Continental GTC model which is set to make a public debut in September at this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. If you’ve seen the Continental GT Coupe that was launched last year, the GTC version shouldn’t surprise you as far as the styling is concerned, both on the outside and inside the cabin.
The front fascia of the redesigned model is inspired by the one fitted to the Mulsanne model, featuring gemstone headlights and an updated grille, along with more crisp lines throughout. Inside, we find a redesigned dashboard that packs a new instrument panel plus a touchscreen interface for the navigation and audio systems. The company also mentioned that there is more rear legroom with the 2012 Continental GTC and they managed to do this by redesigning the front seats.
The suspension of the car has been retuned and also it should provide a sharper steering. The front and rear tracks are now wider and the car has been fitted with an improved version of the automaker’s AWD system, featuring a 40:60 rear torque bias whereas the outgoing model has 50:50.
The heart of this model is its massive W12 twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter engine which has been revised and now has 15 hp and 50 Nm of torque more than before, for a grand total of 575 hp and a peak torque of 700 Nm. The power unit is mated to a new QuickShift gearbox and Bentley says that it should be able to change gears faster than before.
With this powerful engine, the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC is capable of doing the 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.5 seconds while 0-100 mph takes 10.9 seconds, on its way to a maximum speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).
The model is already available for order in major markets for the following price tag: in U.K. the prices start from 149,350 pounds; in United States from 212,800 MSRP; in the Euro-zone it is available for 170,060 Euro; in China costs RMB 3,838,000 while in Japan has a base price of ¥26,400,000.
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