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2015 Bentley Continental GTC

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/21/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Bentley Continental GTC is now available in the range-topping Speed model with an uprated twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 engine.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Bentley Continental GTC is a luxurious four-seat grand touring soft-top convertible based on the Continental GT coupe. Like the coupe, the GTC drop-top has standard all-wheel drive.


Two twin-turbocharged engines are available in the 2015 Bentley Continental GTC: a 4.0-liter V-8 or a 6.0-liter W-12 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Output varies between models, with the base GTC V-8 making 500 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. The GTC V-8 S produces 521 hp and 502 lb-ft. The larger W-12 makes 567 hp and 516 lb-ft in the base GTC while the GTC Speed is rated at 626 hp and 605 lb-ft. Fuel economy is not a strong point in such a heavy and powerful car, with V-8 models achieving 14/24 mpg city/highway and 12/20 mpg in W-12-equipped cars.

Both of the Continental GTC's engines provide effortless acceleration. As expected in a grand tourer, the Continental GTC rides well and has adjustable dampers with four modes. The car has good driving dynamics through twisty roads; however, it defaults to understeer at its limit.

The Continental GTC's interior is lavishly appointed with real wood and metal accents, and high-quality leather swathed throughout the cabin. Buyers can also customize the Continental GTC's interior with a variety of interior color combinations, accents, and veneers including two-tone schemes and diamond-quilted pattern for the seats and door panels. Extensive use of metal, leather, and wood means that the car feels very exclusive and upscale.

What We Think

The Bentley Continental GTC is a good choice for those in the market for a luxurious grand-touring convertible. In a 2013 First Drive review, we said the car "rides just the way a grand tourer of the highest caliber should, allowing you to travel at a rapid pace for hundreds of miles in complete comfort and composure." Even with the adjustable air dampers in the most aggressive setting, the Continental GTC's ride "could never be considered harsh" and remains smooth.

We're fans of the Bentley's interior, too. We said in a 2012 First Drive review that the shortage of plastics inside the car means that "nothing feels mass-produced," especially with the high level of craftsmanship that goes into the construction of the car. While the car handles well for its size, we noted in a 2012 First Test review that it isn't suitable for track duty since it loses its neutral feel at its limits.

You'll Like

  • Smooth ride
  • Strong engines
  • Lavishly appointed cabin

You Won't Like

  • Gas guzzler
  • Hard to maneuver in tight spaces

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
  • BMW 6 Series
  • Maserati GranTurismo Cabriolet
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
  • Ferrari California T


4 star


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