Although the new GTC rides on more or less an evolution of the previous Continentals, it incorporates a few substantial changes. Its wheelbase is the same as the outgoing cars, but the body is longer, has a higher waistline, and, most significant, is 0.6 inch wider. Bentley designers wanted to give the car a more muscular appearance, and they felt the extra width was required to accomplish the task.
A Bentley wouldn't be a Bentley without a striking interior. No fewer than 10 bull hides go into the interior. Seven different wood veneers are available to complement the leather, including oak, ash, and walnut.
The Continental's top boasts three layers and takes 25 seconds to fold or rise. When up, it offers coupe like isolation. Bentley claims it is three decibels quieter than the coupe while cruising. There is not a hint of fabric flutter at high speed, and the roof tucks beneath a hard leather-covered shelf. Because it is cloth and not a space-gobbling folding hardtop, there are nine cubic feet of trunk space with it up or down. The space looks larger, and there is plenty of room for a pair of suitcases.
The car we have on offer comes in Moonbeam Silver with Linen and Imperial blue interior and a black roof. The optional extras include contrast stitching, heated and ventilated seats with massage function, piano black wood veneer, neck warmer, rear view camera and 21" ten spoke propeller alloy wheels.