[VIDEO] 2012 Bentley Continental GTC unveiled image

British luxury car brand Bentley has unveiled its second generation of the Continental GTC which will make its official public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

The new generation of the luxurious Continental GTC has received both visual and performance upgrades, with new headlamps fitted with LED day-time running lights and a new radiator grille, sitting on 20 inch wheels as standard and with 21 inch available as an option.

“The GTC has always been the most emotional model in the Continental range and a showcase for Bentley design. With it tailored soft top, the GTC is a pure British convertible true to those classic Bentleys of the past. However, the technology, performance and overall design excellence invested in this model means that we are now writing a new chapter for the Bentley convertible driver”, said the chairman and chief executive at Bentley Motors, Wolfgang Durheimer.

According to the automaker, the “new” Bentley Continental GTC is powered by a twin-turbocharged W12 engine, mated to a QuickShift transmission, delivering 567 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque (516 lb-ft).

The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time takes 4.8 seconds and its top speed is 314 km/h (195 mph), with a combined fuel consumption of 16.5 l / 100 km or 17.1 mph (EU), emitting 384g of CO2 per kilometer, but what is new is that the Continental comes with FlexFuel capability, which means the car can run on E85 biofuel, petrol or any combination of the two.

The Continental GTC comes with a new dashboard and instrument panel, a new touchscreen, 30 GB infotainment system and the interior is finished in premium soft-touch leather, while 17 exterior colors are available.

The four-seat luxury convertible is priced at 170.060 euros ($212.800 / £149,350) and the car will be officially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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