Bentley Continental GTC Road Test

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The Bentley Continental GTC is an open-top limousine supercar, the ultimate motoring trophy. Elegantly styled and lavishly equipped, it is a fine example of the best quality of vehicle that the British motor industry can produce

Comfort and Refinement

This is a sybaritic car and its quality is superlative. The cabin is awash with premium leather and deep-pile carpeting, and has a plush, luxurious feel. The clock set into the dashboard is a Breitling. In the front seats the overall comfort is high, with lots of electric adjustment for the seats and steering wheel, so an ideal driving position is easily achieved. There is plenty of legroom and elbow space too. Rear seat space is not as generous, but it is adequate, although large adults may feel a bit squashed for a long trip.

The car has electrically-operated seatbelt presenters that motor the belt webbing forward and proffer it conveniently for you to simply take hold of it and strap in, rather than having to reach a long way backwards to grab it. For top-down driving, the GTC has a ‘neck warmer’ airflow system with three power settings. The test car’s front seats had optional ventilation and a massage function to gently pummel your back and minimise fatigue on the move.

Safety and Security

The car has a lavish array of safety kit to protect all the occupants, and so safety is well catered-for, with electronic driver aids including stability control and electronic brakeforce distribution. There is also the benefit of four-wheel-drive. Front and side airbags are standard, the seatbelts have pre-tensioners and all four head restraints are an active design to reduce whiplash in a collision. There is a pop-up rollover protection system that deploys automatically if sensors detect that the car is likely to overturn. An immobiliser and alarm are fitted as standard.

Infotainment

Bentley says the GTC’s infotainment system is class-leading, and it is hard to argue with that. The colour touch-screen navigation works from a 30 GB hard drive, and is compatible with Google maps. There is a high-quality eight-speaker sound system, with iPod connectivity, six-disc CD changer and SD card reader. Sound quality in the car is first-rate.

Rivals
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
  • Aston Martin Virage
  • Ferrari California
What We Liked
  • Huge, but hugely civilised, performance
  • No-breeze open air motoring
  • Sumptuously comfortable
What We Disliked
  • The millionaire price tag
  • The high running costs
  • Worrying about where to park it
Conclusion

The Bentley Continental GTC is an open-top limousine supercar, the ultimate motoring trophy. Elegantly styled and lavishly equipped, it is a fine example of the best quality of vehicle that the British motor industry can produce. It is a rapid transit machine that can waft you across vast distances with supreme ease, and in superb comfort.

29 November 2011 Sue Baker
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Bentley Continental Road Test Data
Model ReviewedBentley Continental GTC
  
Body TypeConvertible
ColourBlue Crystal
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph4.8 seconds
Top Speed 195 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban11.1 mpg
Extra Urban24.9 mpg
Combined17.1 mpg
  
Insurance Group50
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 29/11/11)£149,350

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