Bentley Continental GTC Speed at Detroit

The updated, 2013 Bentley Continental GTC Speed convertible debuts at the Detroit motor show. Video here

The new Bentley Continental GTC Speed has had its public unveiling at the 2013 Detroit motor show. The convertible version of the updated Conti GT Speed, it uses a 6-litre W12 engine rather than the Conti’s newer 4-litre V8 unit.

Full 2013 Detroit motor show coverage here

With 616bhp and 590lb ft, it can defy its 2.4-ton bulk with a 4.1sec 0-60mph time and a 202mph top speed – making it the world’s swiftest four-seater cabriolet. Bentley claims it’s more economical than its predecessor, though 19mpg and 347g/km of CO2 are unlikely to win it green-thinking awards.

Compared to the standard Continental GTC, the speed rides 10mm lower, gets 21in alloy wheels, retuned steering, new tailpipes, a more aggressive grille and a standard Mulliner-spec interior. A small boot-lid spoiler is the only visual nod towards improved aerodynamics.

The covers were whipped off the GTC Speed alongside some good news from Bentley; despite an unsettled car market, its sales rose 22 per cent in 2012, with 8510 cars registered worldwide.

Video of the new Bentley Continental GTC Speed in action...

Full 2013 Detroit motor show coverage here

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