2012 Bentley Continental GTC Makes US Debut in Los Angeles

Launched at the International Automobile Exhibition in Frankfurt, the new Continental GTC is being shown for the first time in North America at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The powerful convertible is powered by a revised 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine paired with a new QuickShift transmission.
The facelifted convertible now has a massive 575 hp instead of 560 hp, while the peak torque has been increased by a further 50Nm to 700Nm (516lb ft).Bentley says the ZF 6HP28 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system cuts shift times by up to 50% and enables double downshifts.

The four-seater luxury convertible is capable of going from 0 to 60mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds, from 0 to 100 mph (0 – 160km/h) in 10.9 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 195 mph (314 km/h).

“Los Angeles is the ideal location for Bentley to launch the luxurious and powerful GTC convertible,” said Alasdair Stewart, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing.  “Southern California remains the most successful market for Bentley in the US, and the US remains the largest market in the world for the Company.  New model introductions, such as the GTC convertible – which will reach US customers later this year – and the new GT coupe – which went on sale in the spring – have helped Bentley global sales grow by a third in 2011.”

Deliveries of the facelifted convertible will start in late 2011, with prices poised to start at a MSRP of $212,800.
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