The Bentley Continental GTC W12 comes with a more powerful 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine, the full fat bludgeoning power plant that sits at the top of the GTC range. Power output is rated at a more than sufficient 567 bhp and the famed Bentley ‘wave of torque’ has been increased by a further to an astronomical 516 lb ft of torque that is enough to surge the huge GTC towards the horizon with unrelenting force that feels like nothing else in the road.
Linked to the creamy W12 that drips torque and oozes power is a brand new and very effective ZF 6HP28 transmission with ‘Quickshift’ system that cuts shift times by up to 50% and enables double downshifts giving the engine a transmission that is able to not just handle the engines output, but add a much needed sporting feel to the car, although the paddles behind the steering wheel still seem to be a little to far away from the drivers hands. This heavyweight is potent off the line courtesy of Bentley’s revised all-wheel-drive system that splits torque 40:60 rear-biased.
All of these changes have shifted the second generation W12 GTC into an entirely different era from the first generation car. The car looks a lot more purposeful, more muscular and sporty. Performance has been much improved, the new car is lighter and more powerful. The older car was criticised for its wallowing body roll and chronic understeer part due to the 50:50 torque bias and lack of rigidity that has certainly been addressed in the second generation car.
As far as luxury convertibles go the Bentley Continental W12 GTC plays in a league of its own. Only the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead offers more prestige and luxury than the GTC W12. But therefore also carries a much higher price tag.
The Bentley Continental GTC W12 is the ultimate convertible gentlemens’ cruiser. Every little bit of the GTC breaths luxury and prestige from the W12 engine to the interior.
6.0L W12 Twin Torbo
Rear Wheel Drive