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First look: Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  January 7, 2009 10:19 AM

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Launching a new convertible in the middle of winter is a batty idea for most manufacturers, but Bentley - which recently moved its American headquarters right into Copley Square - looks right at home in the frost with this new Continental GTC Speed.

Outfitted with 600 horsepower (up 48 from the regular GTC), 20-inch wheels, and a 200-mile-per-hour top speed (only 195 with the top down), the GTC Speed shares the upgrades already fitted to the GT Speed coupe and Flying Spur Speed sedan. Bentley expects two-thirds of GTC buyers will opt for the Speed edition next year, which should add at least $25,000 to the "base" model's $194,000.

Last year, members of the New England Motor Press Association slogged the standard Continental GTC through the slush and named it the best "Extreme All-Weather Vehicle" in their annual winter vehicle awards. Without all-wheel drive, the big Bentley wouldn't have stood a chance around here.

The California crowd, of course, could care less about winter performance, but what's a $200,000 convertible if you can't get it out of your garage?

Go to the full entry for more photos of the GTC Speed and its Boxster RS 60 color scheme.

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Bentley Continental GTC Speed

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13 comments so far...
  1. How much less could the California crowd care?

    Posted by Boomster January 7, 09 12:16 PM
  1. I can use one.... Get it!!!

    Posted by GB January 7, 09 12:43 PM
  1. loving the rs60 color scheme

    Posted by joe January 7, 09 12:51 PM
  1. GEORGOUS, I want one NOW!!!

    Must. Bill. More. Hours.

    Posted by KLN January 7, 09 02:33 PM
  1. I have black GTS convertible with a black piano wood wheel, saddle interior and ash woold accents. I could, however, see Liberacci driving this one. If he was still alive he would probably order 2.

    Posted by Brian January 7, 09 05:32 PM

  1. Regular or Premium?

    Posted by mark reiner January 7, 09 07:16 PM
  1. Once again, Clifford Atiyeh misses the mark. Who exactly is he writing for? Maybe 0.01% of Globe readers would ever consider purchasing such a thing.

    Posted by Bill January 7, 09 08:53 PM
  1. If only I cud understand .. why does a person pay an extra buck for an average looking car..

    Posted by Maulik January 8, 09 12:25 AM
  1. Benz 600SL AMG a better car for less money

    Posted by dbmedia January 8, 09 09:28 AM
  1. soft top? DER

    Posted by Mr. Camby January 8, 09 09:59 AM
  1. Looks like a Chrysler

    Posted by Michael January 8, 09 11:26 AM
  1. Looks aren't everything - especially in this case. What a featureless, boring looking ride. Bentley needs to look at what Aston Martin is doing with gorgeous styling. Soft top for $200K when everyone is making a folding hardtop? Maybe it's sour grapes (I can't afford the car), but this car doesn't excite me in any way.

    Posted by Richard January 8, 09 11:27 AM
  1. This is an awesome car...will be purchsing two!

    Posted by richdude January 9, 09 11:45 AM

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