Frankfurt motor show 2011 - Bentley Continental GTC

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This is the new Bentley Continental GTC, the open-top version of its Continental GT coupe.

The GTC features the same round of changes as those made to the coupe during 2010.

Most obvious difference is the re-designed body, which is smoother and sportier than before. The front end, in particular, is sleeker, thanks partly to new aluminium front wings formed using more advanced production techniques. Elsewhere, increased use of aluminium and other lightweight materials means that the new GTC is 70kg lighter than the current car.

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The new interior includes the latest entertainment and media systems, including a new touch-screen system and the availability of Google-based sat-nav searches. There's also a new optional 'neck-warmer' system – similar to Mercedes’ Air Scarf – that blows warm air to the head area of those in the front seats.

Power comes from an updated version of the current car’s 6.0-litre W12 engine, with output boosted by 15bhp to 567bhp. There’s a tweaked four-wheel-drive system, with a 40:60 front/rear torque split - rather than the previous 50:50 split - for sportier handling.

The Bentley CGTC Convertible will cost £149,350, with deliveries starting in November.

A V8 version – that will be significantly cheaper to buy and run - will be added to the range in 2012.

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