2010 Bentley Continental GTC | Model Review | Model Specs
My first car was a 1992 Chevy Silverado. Times have changed for me and to demonstrate that I’m going to tell you about my experience spending an afternoon driving around a Bentley Continental GTC.
This was my first time driving a Bentley and on this particular day, I had the pleasure of driving not just one, but two, Bentley’s. Talk about a fancy afternoon. Get some caviar because there’s a story here.
First, I have to thank my kind friend Steve for making this all happen and his very humorous, and larger-than-life dad, Steve.
Both Steve, you read that right.
Big Steve has a collection of amazing cars ranging from old school to new school, luxurious to classic, and fast to mild. He afforded me the opportunity to drive more opulently than ever before with his stunning pair of Bentley’s.
Steve has some great stories about his experience driving and owning, some of the best cars ever made. One time he lost more than what most people make in a year trading in a brand-new Mercedes AMG S63 for an Infiniti sedan because “no one was there for him to talk to”.
Word is he just added another car to his collection, but I signed a non-disclosure agreement so I can’t tell you about it.
For all the laughs and great conversations and especially for letting me drive his cars around all afternoon I want to send a warm thank you out to Big Steve, wherever he may be.
As far as car reviews go you can view my opinion on the current state of car reviews in my post: Are Car Reviews Fake? This is simply my opinion based on driving the car and it is completely unfiltered. Proceed accordingly.
2010 Bentley Continental GTC Specs:
- Engine: 6.0-Liter Twin-Turbocharged DOHC 48-valve W12
- Drivetrain: Front engine all-wheel-drive
- Transmission: Six-speed automatic
- Horsepower: 600 hp @ 6,100 RPM
- Torque: 553 lb-ft
- 0-60 mph: ~4.6 seconds
- MPG: 10 City/17 Hwy
- Fair Market Value: Starting at $95,000
- Average Rating: 9/10
2010 Bentley Continental GTC Background
The Bentley Continental GT is a grand touring vehicle that has been in production since 2003.
It was one of the first cars deployed under the new management of Volkswagen AG that occurred in 1998 and it utilized the first mass production techniques Bentley had ever used.
Previously, Bentley had been held by the distinguished British automaker Rolls Royce, who had developed a convertible concept it called Java.
As luck would have it the Java never hit the streets save for a few that went to some Sultan in the Middle East, but what came out of it was the Bentley Continental GT.
The car that would be known as an “Entry-Level” Bentley. To see how funny this is compared to today’s definition of “entry-level luxury” see my post: Affordable Luxury Cars – Are They Worth the Money?
Bentley has made several iterations of the Continental GTC over the years and each one is special in its own way.
2010 Bentley Continental GTC Interior and Cabin
2010 Bentley Continental GTC Interior Highlights:
- Unfathomable quality
- Superior comfort
- Amazing attention to detail
- Seats four
- Alcantara lined convertible top
- Beautiful gauge cluster
- Neat technology
You really don’t understand how luxurious a Bentley is until you sit in one. When you open the door, it feels like a vault door.
Like you’ve just cracked open Fort Knox.
And in some respects, you have, because you’re sitting in a car that’s worth more than a middle-class house. It shows too, the quality of constructions is simply unmatched. From the intensely comfortable leather seats to the beautiful wood inlays. The car is immaculate.
Everything you touch feels good and its tactile quality is through the roof causing your senses to kick into overdrive. Sitting in the seats feels like relaxing in the finest leather armchair at a ritzy country club. And it comfortably seats four passengers in this way.
The attention to detail expands to the inside of the convertible top which is elegantly lined with Alcantara. Slide into the driver’s seat and grip the perfect steering wheel and gaze your eyes upon a beautifully designed gauge cluster and instrument panel.
It’s analog, but don’t get it twisted, it’s like staring into a Rolex watch face. It’s old-school meets new-school swimming in class and style.
There’s some slick technology in the car too. Adjust everything from ride quality, steering feel, and engine responsiveness through the infotainment system that still doesn’t look out of date.
It’s quite a site and a lot to take in. The amount of attention to detail and quality is indescribably wonderful.
Driving the 2010 Bentley Continental GTC
Here’s why I love it:
- Silky smooth handling
- Very cool driving tech
- Unbelievable acceleration
- Smooth shifting
- Enormous grip
I had never driven a Bentley, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I slid into the driver’s seat, gripped the insanely nice steering wheel, and put it into drive. Pulling out I was pretty nervous and had to admit, I don’t have the assets to pay for even one of the $4,000-dollar rims on the car. That’s $4,000 apiece.
Much like modern Audi’s you push the shifter back one click to engage Sport mode and the car hunkers down for action. The handling is like butter. I mean rich, creamy, silky, real, butter. It’s so smooth it feels like you’re not even trying.
Before hauling ass you can tell the car you’re about to be reckless and it will give you a helping hand. Navigate to the car systems in the infotainment system and it will tell you if you have enough tire pressure to safely go flat-out.
Ignoring my better judgment, I decided I might as well put it all on the line. We pulled onto the highway and I shoved the accelerator to the floor and the gigantic W12 wastes no time slamming us into the seat. For its size this car is mighty and it doesn’t horse around. It is fast as shit and definitely surprises you.
I wasn’t prepared for the speed. It shifts unbelievably smooth and the exhaust note is subdued but so nice, especially the gargles you get upon deceleration. The all-wheel-drive system keeps you planted and there’s very little drama in going fast. I won’t say how fast but let’s just say triple digits are easy for this car.
2010 Bentley Continental GTC Final Thoughts
In a normal convertible, you might get hit with too much wind. You might find yourself yelling at the passenger or driver. It can be a little too much for a lot of people.
Not so in a Bentley Continental GTC. See, when you spend $200,000+ on a convertible they think of like everything.
The wind noise is minimal, you can talk comfortably. My hair stayed in place, the stereo was easily discernable.
Add to it all the looks and you really feel like the million bucks you have in the bank. Everyone takes a look as you drive by, especially with the top down. Some might say it’s vain, but honestly, it feels cool to be center of attention.
There’s nothing quite like the Bentley Continental GTC and it was a driving experience like none I had ever experienced before.
Here’s why I think you should buy it:
- Timeless design
- Classy and ultra-luxurious
- Amazing, and extinct, W12 engine
- Phenomenal driving dynamics
- Half the price of a new Bentley
Today you can find one of these around $100K depending on options and honestly, that’s a deal.
Unbelievable quality of construction and the timeless design leaves you with a car similar to a modern Bentley, but in some ways even better.
The analog dashboard is beautiful and the level of luxury is still, by today’s standards, incredible.
Add to that the amazing W12 engine that is now extinct and the incredible driving dynamics and you have yourself an ultra-luxury sports car for less than half the price of a new Bentley.
There’s something special about a car that gets better with age and it’s a trait shared only by the highest quality vehicles.
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