First Look: 2013 Bentley Continental GTC V-8

News I By Brandon Turkus I March 06, 2012
We saw the hardtop Continental GT V-8 at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Now, Bentley has debuted its soft-top sibling, the GTC V-8, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The Conti GTC uses the same biturbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 that we saw in Detroit. That means 500 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, just like the hardtop. Top speed is 187 miles per hour, and it’ll shoot to 60 in 4.7 seconds, down one mile per hour and a tenth of a second over the GT. Blame the extra 385 pounds of body fat the GTC has to haul around for the slight performance drop. As per usual for the Continental range, power is routed to all four wheels, this time through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing for American buyers hasn’t been released yet. Brits can expect to pay £136,250 after VAT, while those on the Continent will be shelling out €149,600 before taxes.
Please scroll down for the official press release from Bentley.
New Continental GTC V8 convertible makes its official public debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March, 2012
Exceptional power-to-emissions ratio combined with classic Bentley power and torque from new 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine
Fulfils Bentley’s environmental commitment for a new powertrain delivering a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions
Advanced technologies include direct injection, variable displacement, new close-ratio 8-speed transmission and all‑wheel‑drive
New Continental GTC V8 complements the flagship Continental GTC W12 6.0 litre convertible
(Crewe and Geneva, 5 March 2012) The new Bentley Continental GTC V8 convertible will make its official public debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The new 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged Continental GTC V8, and its coupe counterpart the Continental GT V8, achieve exceptional standards for power-to-emissions in the high luxury sports car sector.
This remarkable, new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power of 500 bhp (507 PS / 373 Kw) at 6000 rev/min and an extraordinary peak torque of 660 Nm (487 lb ft) which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1700 to 5000 rev/min, providing exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.7 seconds for the GTC (0-100 km/h in 5.0 seconds) and a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).
At the same time, the new V8 Continental models achieve outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2emissions for the luxury performance sector and are capable of travelling over 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank of fuel.
The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfils Bentley’s environmental commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
The new V8 engine features variable displacement with a highly sophisticated engine management system, ensuring a seamless and imperceptible transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load.
The high-technology V8 also features high pressure direct injection, low friction bearings, thermal management, energy recuperation via the charging system, and innovative turbo charger packaging for greater efficiency.
The instantly recognisable growl of the new 4.0 litre V8 engine sets it apart from its Bentley stablemates.
Expressing their potent, muscular character, both new Continental V8 models are distinguished by a black gloss matrix grille with chrome frame and centre bar, a red enamel Bentley ‘B’ badge, and a black matrix three-segment lower front bumper divided by distinctive body-coloured strakes.
At the rear, unique chromed ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes, a dark lower valance and red enamel ‘B’ bootlid badge emphasise the sporty, contemporary identity of the new V8s. The new Continental V8 models can be specified with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard or an optional 21‑inch six-spoke design which is available in dramatic Diamond Black (exclusive to the Continental V8) or Diamond Silver finishes.
Inside the cabin, an Eliade cloth headlining, new contemporary Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneers, optional two-tone leather colour split and short centre console continue the fresh, sporting design theme.
The new Continental GTC V8 model will be offered beneath the flagship 6.0 litre, 12‑cylinder engined GTC, which continues to excite customers with a combination of silken refinement and the ultimate power of the twin-turbocharged W12 Continental engine that, in its most potent form, delivers an astonishing 631 bhp (640 PS).
Both Continental V8 models feature a state-of-the-art, all-wheel drive system employing an advanced Torsen differential and a 40:60 rear biased power split. This ensures safe yet dynamic sports car handling in all road conditions.
Since the launch of the original GT in 2003, the W12-engined Continental range has gone from strength to strength with over 50,000 sales worldwide, making Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England, the largest producer of 12 cylinder engines in the world. The W12 story continues to unfold and remains the ultimate expression of Bentley’s engineering strength.
Commenting on the launch of the new V8 Continental models, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors, said:
“With the new 4.0 litre V8 engine we are widening the appeal of the latest generation of Continentals, introducing a completely new driving experience. The new engine has all the exhilarating power, drama and performance you would expect from a V8 engine sporting the famous Bentley wings, effortlessly delivered with our characteristic ‘wave of torque’. This is complemented by innovative powertrain technology that delivers exceptional fuel efficiency and emissions.”
Distinctive sporting style
Gloss black matrix grille with bright chrome surround and divider
Three-segment lower bumper with black air intakes and striking body-coloured dividers
Dark rear lower valance
Distinctive twin ‘figure eight’ exhaust tailpipes
Red enamel Bentley winged ‘B’ badges above the front grille, to the bootlid and wheel centres
7 exterior colours offered in standard range
Sporty, contemporary interior
New Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus veneer unique to the V8 models
Eliade cloth headlining and pillar trim
Short centre console in place of W12 through-console
4 hide colours offered in standard range
Unique two-tone leather colour split
3 hood colours (Continental GTC)
Exhilarating, efficient new 4.0 litre V8 engine
Exceptional power-to-emissions ratio reflecting engine efficiency
Variable displacement (a technology first proven on the Mulsanne) imperceptibly cuts 4 cylinders on cruise and light throttle
Engine optimisation technologies boost efficiency
Turbochargers mounted within ‘V’ for efficiency and fast response
Switchable engine mounts ensure refinement
New, close-ratio, 8-speed transmission with ultra-fast shifts
Over 500 miles (800 km) range on one tank of fuel
All-wheel drive system with 40:60 rear biased torque split
New Continental GT and GTC V8
            GT V8   GTC V8
Engine 4-litre twin turbocharged V8    4-litre twin turbocharged V8
Power   500 bhp / 373 kW / 507 PS @ 6000 rpm          500 bhp / 373 kW / 507 PS @ 6000 rpm
Torque 660 Nm / 487 lb/ft @ 1700 rpm          660 Nm / 487 lb/ft @ 1700 rpm
Driveline          All-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)         All-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)
Transmission 8-speed automatic with paddleshift    8-speed automatic with paddleshift
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.6 secs           4.7 sec
0–100 km/h     4.8 secs           5.0 sec
Max. Speed       188 mph (303 km/h)   187 mph (301 km/h)
Urban   18.4 mpg / 15.4 l/100km         17.9 mpg / 15.8 l/100km
Extra-Urban     36.7 mpg / 7.7 l/100km           35.3 / 8.0 l/100km
Combined         26.7 mpg / 10.5 1/100km/      25.9 mpg / 10.9 l/100km
CO2 emissions (combined)      246 g/km         254 g/km
EPA DRIVE CYCLE                     
City Driving     Awaiting Certification Awaiting Certification
Highway Driving          Awaiting Certification Awaiting Certification
Combined         Awaiting Certification Awaiting Certification
WEIGHTS AND VOLUMES                     
Kerb Weight     2295 kg           2470 kg
Unladen Weight           2295 kg / 5060 lb        2470 kg / 5445 lb
Gross Weight   2750 kg / 6063 lb        2900 kg / 6393 lb
Fuel Tank         90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 USg            90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 USg
Boot Volume     358 litres / 12.6 cu.ft 260 litres / 9.1 cu.ft
Overall Length 4806 mm / 15 ft 9 in   4806 mm / 15 ft 9 in
Width across mirrors   2227 mm / 7ft 3 in      2227 mm / 7ft 3 in
Wheelbase       2746 mm / 9ft 0 in      2746 mm / 9ft 0 in
Overall Height 1404 mm / 4ft 7 in      1403 mm / 4ft 7 in
Wheel size       20" or optional 21"       20" or optional 21"

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