Bentley GT / GTC

History

The Bentley Continental GT was first unveiled in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show and went on sale in 2004.

At launch the Continental GT is equipped with a 6.0 ltr twin turbo charged W12 engine, which produces 560 metric horsepower at 6,100 rpm  and torque of 650 nm (479 lbf,ft) at 1,600-6,100 rpm. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is standard. The Continental GT will accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0.0 to 62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 318 kilometres per hour (197.6 mph).

In 2005 the Mulliner variation was launched. The specification includes 20-inch 2-piece 7-spoke alloy sports wheels with bespoke Advan Sport 275/35 R20 tyres, drilled alloy sports foot pedals and footrest, gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide, two-tone leather and veneer combinations, diamond quilted hide to facings, doors and rear quarter panels; Embroidered ‘Bentley’ marque emblem to seat facings, indented hide headlining, dark-stained Burr Walnut or Piano black veneer.

The convertible version of the Continental GT, the GTC was first presented in September 2005, and was introduced to several world markets in the autumn of 2006. The GTC uses an identical powertrain as the GT, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0.0 to 62.1 mph) in 5.1 seconds.With the roof up, it will reach a top speed of 314 kilometres per hour (195.1 mph), and with the roof down 305 kilometres per hour (189.5 mph).

In 2008 the Continental GT Speed was launch with an engine power 610 PS (449 kW; 602 bhp) and 750 N·m (553 lb·ft), lowered ride height, uprated spring /damper settings and uprated anti-roll bars for improved agility and body control; unique 9.5Jx20-inch wheels with bespoke Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres, re-tuned speed-sensitive Servotronic system, solid-mounted front subframe and stiffer rear bushings; ‘Dynamic’ mode for the Bosch 8.1 ESP system, front grille and lower air intakes in dark-tinted chrome matrix, wider rifled sports exhaust tail pipes.

2009 saw changes to Continental GTC that included a new more upright front grille, larger lower air intake, chrome headlamp bezels, re-tuned Servotronic power steering for improved feedback and feel, new optional follow–to -stop, radar–based Adaptive Cruise Control, optional carbon ceramic brakes with 420 mm front and 356 mm rear discs and eight-piston callipers (only available with 20 – inch wheels), 2 new exterior colours (Aquamarine, Blue Crystal), new interior colour (Aquamarine).

The 2009 Mulliner Driving Specification includes choice of 3 standard veneers (Burr Walnut, Dark Stained Burr Walnut, Piano Black, drilled alloy sport foot-pedals, gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide, diamond quilted hide to seat facings, doors and rear quarter panels; embroidered Bentley emblem to seat facings, 20 inch 2-piece alloy sports wheels (GTC only) or 20 inch multi-spoke alloy wheels in Dark Tint painted finish (GTC Speed only)

Also in 2009 the Continental GTC Speed was launch which was based on Continental GTC with Mulliner Driving Specification, with engine from Continental GT Speed, radiator and lower air intake grilles with a dark tinted matrix, 9.5Jx20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, Bentley-bespoke Pirelli PZero tyres, lowered suspension by 10 mm at the front and 15 mm, wider twin-rifled exhaust tail pipes, a new boot-mounted lip spoiler.

In February 2009, Bentley announced limited production of the Bentley Continental Supersports. The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show announced by Jay Leno, to be available in autumn 2009 worldwide.