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BENTLEY ANNOUNCES STUNNING NEW CONVERTIBLE VERSION OF
THE CONTINENTAL GT
Crewe, 26th September 2005... Bentley Motors is proud to announce the
introduction of the Continental GTC. The new luxury 2+2 convertible
completes the Bentley Continental model range following the introduction of
the highly successful Continental GT in 2003 and four-door Continental
Flying Spur earlier this year. The new Continental GTC goes on sale in late
With a top speed in excess of 190mph (304 km/h), a sophisticated all-wheel
drive system, state-of-the-art 12-cylinder engine, advanced air suspension
and ultra-stiff body structure, the Continental GTC displays all the poise,
exhilarating performance and dynamic handling of the Continental GT. In
common with its stable mates, the interior of the new Continental GTC
provides an unrivalled standard of craftsmanship, utilising natural wood
veneers and leather hides of the finest quality.
While sharing the familiar face of the Continental family, the design
personality of the new Continental GTC is distinctive and unique, as
Bentley's design director Dirk van Braeckel explains: "With the Continental
GTC we set out to achieve a style that is both contemporary and elegant but
with the sporting stance of a true performance car. We also wanted to ensure
that the Continental GTC looks just as beautiful with the roof up as it does
when it's down.
"In keeping with the Bentley tradition, the new Continental GTC has a soft
fabric roof and heated glass rear screen. When stowed below its hide-covered
tonneau, efficient packaging ensures excellent space for both rear
passengers and their luggage."
The Continental GTC becomes the second convertible to grace the current
Bentley range. It follows the recently announced return of the evocative
Azure name for Bentley's Arnage-derived flagship four-seater convertible
which goes on sale in Spring 2006.
While the Azure offers the ultimate in glamour and sophistication, the
Continental GTC is designed for customers looking to enjoy the phenomenal
performance, style and excitement of the Continental GT with the additional
benefits of classic open-top Bentley motoring.
"The Continental GTC is the third step in our new product and segment
strategy," explains Bentley chairman Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen. "It will again
open up the Bentley brand to more customers who only buy convertibles, as
well as being a logical next car for our existing owners."
Further details, including full technical specification, market availability
and pricing will be released nearer to the Continental GTC's on-sale date.