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2011 Bentley GTC Mulliner Specification
“… as a dashing, handsome, very fast, and extremely capable four-seat luxury convertible, (the 2011 Bentley GTC) is extremely hard to beat.” - Car Magazine (UK)
Given its nearly quarter-million-dollar original window-sticker price, you'd rightly expect the Bentley GTC would be a very good car. What's truly gratifying to the fortunate few who actually manage to put one in their garage is just how many superlatives the car merits across the full spectrum of automotive design: luxury, build-quality, and, certainly not least, performance. “Extremely hard to beat” is not an overstatement in any of these respects. The Bentley GTC delivers on a rich British heritage of meticulously crafted automobiles, while treating its driver and passengers to a satisfying, pleasurable experience on the road. And as to its exclusivity, this is an automobile almost as certain to draw admiring stares, and to routinely find its way to the first position in the valet-parking queue at fine restaurants and resorts.
So, expect to be noticed in the “Silver Lake” blue GTC offered here. Its styling is pure Bentley, bowing to no other automobile. On the exterior, complemented by a 7-bow, triple-insulated, dark-blue fabric top, the car is striking. Top-down reveals a breathtaking, sumptuous interior, made all the more unique with the car's optional Mulliner Driving Specification. This custom package—including drilled-alloy sport foot-pedals, gear lever finished in knurled chrome and leather, (in this case) light-tan “magnolia” interior with diamond-stitched seating in contrasting color charcoal thread, Bentley logo-embossing in the headrests, birds-eye maple, blond wood trim, and leather-wrapped steering wheel—makes this convertible's visual appeal undeniable. Release the hood and gaze upon even more automotive art in the form of a sensuous 6-liter, twin-turbocharged, 12-cylinder power plant, the two banks of cylinders separated by “Bentley” spelled out vertically. There is absolutely nothing ordinary about this Bentley.
The engine's output of 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the UK's Car magazine said, delivers performance that's “…bloody quick in a straight line, and the new faster-changing QuickShift six-speed… keeps those lunatic levels of torque—there's barely a curve, just a dead straight line from less than 2000 rpm—and effortless power coming snappily through at all times.” This car is a very sporting expression of luxury. Yet, as to driving comfort, Car magazine continued their praise: “The ride quality on all but the stiffest setting is wonderful on most roads… and thanks to a phenomenally rigid body—the greatest torsional stiffness of any soft-top on sale, says Bentley—you won't hear any creaking.... The steering feels less assisted than before… and allows you to place the car with astonishing accuracy.” Continuous all-wheel drive adds to handling prowess and peace of mind on slippery road surfaces.
This lovely light-blue Bentley GTC is a true garage-kept, one-owner find: a rare expression of imported-luxury, open-air motoring with fewer than 11,000 total miles on the clock. It's here—appropriately enough—at Garage Kept Motors in absolutely pristine condition, with what can only be called a bargain price, awaiting its next proud owner.