Bentley GTC convertible. Click image to enlarge
Los Angeles, California – Bentley has shown the new Continental GTC at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the model’s first public unveiling to the North American market.
The company also showed the Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept, a new multimedia experience designed for executives inside the cabin of the company’s flagship Mulsanne.
“Los Angeles is the ideal location for Bentley to launch the luxurious and powerful GTC convertible,” said Alasdair Stewart, Bentley’s member of the board for sales and marketing. “South California remains the most successful market for Bentley in the U.S., and the U.S. remains the largest market in the world for the company.”
The new GTC features a custom, coach-built appearance and crisper lines, thanks to aluminum super-formed front fenders and the rear double-horseshoe design first seen on the Mulsanne. It uses a 567-horsepower engine making 516 lb-ft of torque, along with a Quickshift transmission that improves accelerate response times and cuts shift times to 200 milliseconds. It will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2011 starting at US$212,800.
The Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept includes Apple iPad workstations with full Internet access for rear-seat passengers, along with a drop-down LED screen for movies and television. A yachting-style veneer and Tibaldi fountain pen complete the cabin.