Bentley is at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show introducing the Bentley Continental GTC powered by the mighty 6.0-litre W12 engine with output of 575hp and 700 Nm of torque. The luxury convertible version is been presented to the Chinese public with a more aggressive look. The new engine offers top-quality performance: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and top speed of 314 km/h.
The engine power is transmitted to the wheel through the ZF 6HP28 transmission with Quickshift system. The manufacturer claims that this device is able to reduce shift times by 50%. The AWD features a 40:60 rear torque compared to the original to minimise understeering. The increased width of the car ensures better stability. Standard 20-inch wheels with five spokes are complemented by a choice of three styles of 21-inch wheels with five, seven or ten spokes.
As always, the inside has been designed to provide sophistication together with outstanding comfort. The luxurious passenger compartment can be customised with an extensive range of materials, colours and veneers. The dashboard is lined with soft-touch leather; the original Cobra Style seats give extraordinary support and spaciousness to the cabin. The infotainment has a storage capacity of 30 GB, a touch screen and navigation system. The audio system features Balance Mode Radiator speakers and Revolutionary Dirac Dimensions DSP for exceptional sound reproduction.
View the full Bentley Continental GTC 6.0 W12 @ the 2012 Beijing Motor Show photo gallery
Bentley has provided a detailed technical data sheet of the new Continental GTC, which is here quoted in full:
Type: 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12
Max Power: 567 bhp / 423 kW / 575 PS @ 6000 rev/min
Max Torque: 700 Nm / 516 lb/ft @ 1700 rev/min
ZF 6-speed automatic with quickshift and steering wheel-mounted paddleshift
Driveline: Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)
Final drive: 3.526
Front: 405 mm ventilated discs (optional 420 mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
Rear: 335 mm ventilated discs (optional 356 mm, Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled)
WHEELS AND TYRES
9.5J x 20” (optional 9.5J x 21”)
Pirelli P Zero 275/40ZR 20 (optional 275/35 ZR21)
Type: rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic
Turns lock to lock: 2.6 turns
Turning circle: 11.3 m
Front: Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll-bar.
Rear: Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll-bar.
Damping: Continuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic performance.
Wheelbase 2746 mm
Overall Length 4806 mm
Width (across body) 1943 mm
Width (including mirrors) 2227 mm
Overall Height 1403 mm
Fuel Tank 90 litres
Boot Volume 260 litres
Kerb Weight (EU) 2495 kg / 5501 lb
Gross Vehicle Weight 2900 kg / 6393 lb
Top Speed: 195 mph (314 km/h)
0 – 60 mph: 4.5 secs (0 – 100 km/h: 4.8 secs)
0 – 100 mph: 10.9 secs (0 – 160 km/h: 10.9 secs)
30 – 50 mph: 2.0 secs (60 – 100 km/h: 2.5 secs)
50 – 70 mph: 2.4 secs (80 – 120 km/h: 3.1 secs)
FUEL CONSUMPTION (EU Cycle)
Urban 11.1 mpg (25.4 l/100km)
Extra Urban 24.9 mpg (11.4 l/100km)
Combined 17.1 mpg (16.5 l/100km)
CO2 emissions 384 g/km
FUEL CONSUMPTION (EPA Cycle)
City Driving 11 mpg (US)
Highway Driving 19 mpg (US)
Combined 14 mpg (US)
EU 5 and US LEV 11