What's the used Bentley Continental GTC like?
In a world of immense change and the need for immediate gratification, it’s nice to know you can still rely on the heavyweight sporting prowess and elegance of a Bentley – as British as a good game of cricket on a summer’s day, even if the firm is not actually under British ownership these days.
Others agree, too. Despite initial reservations about its weight and looks, the Continental GT coupé has proved a massive sales success since its 2003 launch. And it was as predictable as night following day that a convertible version would follow in its footsteps. If what you desire is open-top opulence, look no further than the Continental GTC.
Initially only available with a whopping big 6.0-litre W12 engine, borrowed from parent Volkswagen Group, a 2011 facelift introduced this lighter and rejuvenated model with the option of a 4.0-litre V8 engine. This impressive unit makes the Conti GTC lighter, more agile and more economical while losing little in terms of performance or refinement. Both GTCs offer an unimpeachable ability to waft around town or on motorways in near-silence, whether the hood's up or down, with just a background whoosh from road and wind noise to remind you you’re moving. Despite their girth, both stop and handle reasonably well too.
The luxurious interior offers just about every electrical option you’d want, never mind need. Everything is trimmed in polished wood and soft leather, and the quality of the fixtures and fittings is exemplary. Space is good up front, with electrical seat and wheel adjustment, and two small children will be happy in the rear for short distances.
The Conti GTC is a big and classy convertible that, we think, offers enough to justify its price differential over a number of other wonderful cars that cost far less. Of course, its running costs are huge, but its sense of occasion is nearly unmatched. How does it stack up as a used buy? Read on to find out.