With the addition of the 2007 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible to its brilliant collection of gentleman’s gadgets, the German-owned British brand finally completes the range of luxury sports cars that now comprises a two-door GT coupe for wealthy bachelors, a four-door Flying Spur performance sedan for family guys and this gorgeous convertible GTC model for those who like to feel the wind in their hair.
As was previously predicted, the new luxury 2007 Bentley Continental GTC convertible offers you a standard for the class 2+2 seating formula, which means that the car can comfortably seat two adults at the front and two kids at the rear.
Of course, a pair of grown-ups can live at the rear, too, but their life will probably be pretty miserable if you decide to take them even on a relatively short trip from Paris to Nice: there is simply not enough space to stretch your legs and even moving your behind from left door to the right may prove troublesome (you will at least leave some dust on the fin-grain leather upholstery) since the carefully executed central tunnel practically abuts the rear bench.
Well, at least getting your passengers inside seems to be easier than similar process in the coupe when the canvas roof is safely hidden in the spacious trunk.
Staying true to its roots, the new vehicle sports a huge W12 6.0-liter engine, which is happily married to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that passes the power to an all-wheel-drive transmission.
Thanks to such a powerful drivetrain that boasts not only remarkable 552bhp power but also features astonishing torque of 479 lb ft (650Nm) available at 1600rpm, the large and massive car accelerates from zero to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds.
The car not only offers fast (for such a large and heavy grand-tourer) acceleration, but is also able to reach a top speed of 312km/h with roof up (306km/h with the roof down).
For some reason, Bentley’s engineers somehow decided to use classic soft fabric roof instead of a more practical and nice-looking mechanized metallic hardtop.
Well, maybe the reason behind this decision is rather simple: the hard-top roof was possibly too long to be neatly packed inside the rather short trunk and the German engineers simply didn’t want to ruin the GTC’s gorgeous silhouette.
Anyway, in its press release the company says that the electro-hydraulically-operated roof provides driver and passenger(s) with efficient acoustic damping. It takes the roof only 25 seconds to be completely folded and packed behind the rear seats.
Bentley plans to sell its first Continental GTC convertible by the end of the year.
The price is yet to be announced.
2007 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible technical specification
Base Retail Price (MSRP): just below $200,000
Body Type: 2-door convertible with canvas folding roof
Layout: front engine, RWD
Engine: 552 hp @ 6100 rpm, 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) @ 1600 rpm, 6.0-liter, W12
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Top Speed: 312 km/h
0 – 62 mph: 5.1 seconds
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase): 189.1 / 77.4 / 55.0 / 108.1 in
Ground clearance: N/A
Track (frt/rr): 63.9 / 63.3 in
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 37.5
Curb Weight: 5478
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 4 (2+2)
Cargo Volume (seats DO NOT fold): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Aston Martin DBS Volante, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Jaguar XK Series