Bentley Continental GTC Speed
Bentley has long been known for its luxurious saloons and sporting coupes with the likes or the Mulsane and Arnage. Today most well known Bentley is the Continental GT and GTC (the C standing for Cabriolet).
On the market now for well over 10 years, the Bentley Continental GT is well established and popular. Bentley, owned by VAG takes many of the German Car Makers positives and adds these to the heritage of Bentley. What you are ultimately presented with is a highly capable and reliable gentleman’s express.
The Continental GTC is not a sports car to throw around a track, nor one to enter into drag races with the neighbours 458. Whilst the impressive W12 produces and impressive 567hp and married to
the 4-wheel-drive system push you from 0-62 in 4.6s and on to 194mph, the GTC is a big and heavy Grand Tourer, more of a yacht than a power-boat.
That differentiation though is vital, this is a performance GT rather than a supercar. Yes, just about any Ferrari would be quicker, and no it couldnt keep up with a McLaren, but what you do get is a very comfortable high performance arm-chair that is perfectly capable of being used daily without falling apart or needing a service every 5 minutes. Like the 911, it is more than capable of racking up high miles and retaining its composure in the process. It can be driven comfortably up the M1 with minimal drama, does not look too ostentatious and then at the end of day you can give it some beans and enjoy the drive home via some A or B roads.
The quality of the cabin is second to none, with high levels of luxury, quality leather everywhere and a tasteful appearance, you find yourself happy to be behind the wheel, relaxed in comfort whilst you know full well that when you want it there is a decent amount of power on tap with impressive grip thanks to the 4-wheel drive.
Driving it normally, you can easily forget what it is, the exhaust is quiet, it is not champing at the bit at every traffic light, you can pull away sedately with no drama. Smooth, calm, collected, understated and perhaps a little¦dull?
This is the rub, dropping in well excess of £150,000 on a car you want something that gives you that bit of pleasure, that cheeky exhaust note to remind you whats under the bonnet or that more
assertive styling that makes you look back when you plip the key fob as you walk away. The Continental GTC unfortunately doesnt deliver that. It is almost a little too normal, or perhaps orate the point, it is aimed at a more mature audience. Less Wayne Rooney (although he has had one) and more Alan Sugar (if he were to drive himself that is).
A client, when considering the GTC against the Audi R8 Spyder and the Ferrari California T chose not to go for the GTC because, whilst being successful and could easily afford it, he felt he was not at that point in his life when he deserved an Bentley, he hadnt in his mind made it yet, nor did he feel old enough. All these comments were somewhat telling of what the GTC is and how it is seen in the market. Driving the R8 or the California T, you feel like you are on the up, doing well, successful with a thirst for more, whilst driving the Bentley you feel like you have made it, your taking your foot off the gas, sitting back, contemplating retirement and/or your exit strategy. It’s an Omega rather than an Alpha.
The GTC is a phenomenally quick, accomplished and impressive GT. However it lacks that edge that makes you want to drive it or really enjoy it. You feel like you should be sitting in the inside lane at 56 on cruise control, listening to Classic FM, enjoying Rutter rather than taking the roof down, dropping down a gear and putting your foot down to enjoy the W12 when it roars. In which case, what is the point¦ give me the R8 any day, or if you want a GT that really makes you feel special, start looking at the Aston Martins.
If you would like to find out more about the Bentley Continental GTC Speed, or any other vehicle, please contact our Prestige vehicle specialist, Chris Jackson-Kew on 01223 911 761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.