The 2010 Bentley Continental GTC Speed is a performance variant of the company’s GTC convertible, and it is quite a marvelous piece of engineering. Rather than adopt the strategy of dropping weight to make the car faster, the 5,500 pound Continental GTC Speed maintains all of the creature comforts of the original, and it can go from 0-to-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
The 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine will not only bring you to 60 mph in short order, it will also take you much higher than that. The top speed of the GTC Speed is 195 mph, and the chassis is so rigid and reliable, that you can do that speed with the top down and not compromise the integrity of the car. Also, because of the way the engine was tuned versus the same engine in the standard GTC, it produces 9% more horsepower, 15% more torque, and 3.5% less carbon emissions. Total power is 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.
That power is mated to a six-speed ZF transmission, and as you put that transmission into gear, you will notice the other impressive facet of the GTC Speed: the interior. Leather and well-made aluminum accents abound in the cabin and the effect is not one of ostentation, but rather of refinement and elegance. And the drive has that same amount of smoothness.
The fully-adjsutable four-wheel suspension, the all-wheel drive system, and the natural steering feel all combine to make for a great ride. Now, as mentioned before, the GTC Speed does weigh 5,500 pounds, so don’t expect to go drifting around corners like you would in a 2,000 pound supercar. However, for anything short of racing on a track, the Continental GTC Speed is more than up for the challenge. This is one of those rare automobiles, however, that does not coax you to put the accelerator to the floor. Yes, it has a large and powerful engine, but that rawness is tempered by the interior. You’ll find yourself driving slower to get to your destination; it’s that comfortable. Then again, for $240,000, it had better be.