Bentley Shows GTC 6.0 Liter W12 at Beijing International Auto Show, Debuts New SUV


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Power and performance have joined prominence when discussions of Bentley Motors are tabled these days. The four-seat, GTC luxury convertible is deftly deluxe with a handcrafted interior of exotic wood veneers, supple leather hides, and deep-pile carpets. The vehicle currently is being shown at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

It also is an agile performer with a top speed of 195 mph and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Bentley also attributes revisions to the car’s all-wheel-drive suspension system as a contributing factor to the improved performance. The powerful engine is controlled by a ZF six-speed automatic transmission with a wheel-mounted paddle-shift.

“The GTC has always been the most emotional model in the Continental range and a showcase for Bentley design,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors. “With its 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.”

Along with the debut of the Continental GT V8 in China, the British luxury automotive maker also introduced the powertrain for the EXP 9 F, its first all-wheel-drive SUV. The firm is looking at several options for the vehicle’s powertrain, including a V6 plug-in hybrid with a potential range of 30 km in full-electric mode. Mr. Dürheimer also conveyed that the response to the Bentley SUV has been overwhelming since debuting it at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.

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