Emotional over Bentley’s GTC

WITH all the current emphasis on efficiency, reducing emissions and decreasing fuel consumption, it’s fantastic for the petrolheads among us to be able to feast our eyes on something like Bentley’s new Continental GTC.

Bentley’s “most emotional” model is a 4.8-metre convertible powered by a 6.0-litre W12 - that’s two V6s cobbled together - with two turbochargers boosting power.

Fuel economy isn’t even close to the top of the list of priorities for the rather rapid GTC. In fact, at 17.1mpg on the combined cycle, it probably wasn’t on the list at all.

Instead, as they listen to their fuel burn merrily away, drivers of the largely hand-crafted GTC can console themselves with 567bhp, a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 195mph.

In a nod to environmentalism, though, the engine runs not just on super-unleaded, but on E85 biofuel as well. Everyday usability and practicality were also important to Bentley in building the GTC, after listening to the customers for the original version in the years since its release in 2006.

The new model has more rear legroom, new storage solutions and everyday essentials such as automatic seat belt presenters and a system to warm occupants’ necks when the roof is down. The fabric roof is multi-layered and complimented with acoustic glass and under-body panels.

The GTC costs a whisker shy of £150,000 and can be ordered now, with the first customer deliveries taking place late this year.