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In Pictures: Bentley takes luxury to new heights

$234,000 Bentley Continental GTC's conservative exterior keeps this fast cruiser under the radar. For the full story and video, please click on the link below.

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2012 Bentley Continental GTC

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The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC has a 6-litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine which makes 516lb/ft of torque.

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2012 Bentley Continental GTC in magenta. The car's front suspension has four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti roll-bar.

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Top speed is 195 mph (314 km/h)

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2012 Bentley Continental GTC: Fuel consumption in the city is 21.38 litres per 100 km. In comparison, a Ford Focus uses 8.5 litres per 100 km in city driving.

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The vehicle fares better on the highway, using 12.3 litres of gas per 100 km.

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2012 Bentley Continental GTC has a 90 litre fuel tank.

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The luxury sedan weighs 2900 kilograms, or 6393 pounds. A Cadillac Escalade, a large luxury SUV, weighs 2581 kg.

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2012 Bentley Continental GTC in "extreme silver." The vehicle has a top speed of 314 km/hour. It can reach a speed of 100 km/hour in 4.8 seconds. A 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S ($202,655) will get to 100 km/hour in just over 3 seconds.

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The four-seater convertible's hand-crafted cabin has soft-touch leather hides available in 17 colours, cool-touch metals and deep-pile carpets. Seven wood veneers are available.

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Moroccan blue exterior: Bentley claims the new model has more rear legroom, new storage solutions and automatic seatbelt presenters.

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25 mm slimmer than the previous model, the "cobra style" seats enhance comfort and create more rear cabin space.

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Available as an option, a 10-cell pneumatic massage function and front seat ventiliation system provide a "more invigorating experience."

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The Neck Warmer air-flow system has three settings, allowing for open-topped comfort.

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2012 Bentley Continental GTS is designed to be comfortable for everyday use.

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The steering wheel leather is stitched by hand. It takes up to 17 hours per wheel, and only four people in the company's Crewe, England factory can do it.

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The "boot" volume is 260 litres with the car's roof up, but there is considerably less space available when the top is lowered.

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Storage for keys and mobile phones is improved thanks to a simplified centre console design.

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2012 Bentleyt Continental GTC with a "corn silk" exterior.

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