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Following on from its world debut back in Frankfurt, the latest Bentley Continental GTC has now arrived on our shores, debuting in perhaps the most appropriate place in the land, Los Angeles.
Positioned on a customary wood lined Bentley display at the LA Auto Show, the GTC will no doubt be lining the streets of Bel Air and Beverly Hills in the near future, as well as other well-to-do districts from coast to coast.
Although at a glance, the difference between this car and it’s predecessor might not be readily apparent , the superformed aluminum front fenders and double horseshoe tail treatment reminiscent of the larger Mulsanne, lend a sharper definition of form and dare we say, even greater exclusivity.
That’s something which is carried over to the car’s interior, where old world craftsmanship melds with high technology, in this case handcrafted leather and wood, alongside a 30 gigabyte operated eight-inch in-dash screen with touch function, navigation, even a zip-code entry system, which likely prioritizes addresses ending in 90210.
Joking aside, this 567-hp, twin-turbo W12-powered bespoke special, also sports a recalibrated transmission for more responsive shift times and even seat neck warmers, allowing more northern buyers to enjoy open air driving for just that little bit longer.
The latest Bentley GTC will be on sale in the US before the end of this year, priced at $212,800. We’ll take two!
GALLERY: Bentley Continental GTC
It’s fair to say that any ‘ordinary’ Maybach is a decidedly rare beast. So it comes as no surprise that this, the Edition 125 ranks as absolute hen’s teeth.
Currently on display at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, this one-off special was conceived to celebrate parent company Daimler AG’s 125 years of making automobiles as well as the legacy of legendary stylist Wilhelm Maybach.
In addition, it showcases just what’s possible in the world of ultra high-end bespoke luxury sedans, as a result it employs such indulgences as contour lighting and a laser engraved lit motif incorporating Maybach’s famous ‘Double M’ logo in the front seat armrest, as well as glovebox lid embroidered with Wilhelm’s signature, along with silver colored topstitching.
Exterior ‘enhancements’ include high contrast 20-inch alloy wheels, a re-profiled hood, special grille, and Tahiti Black and Patagonia Silver paint, the last two of which have been added to the regular Maybach range.
Under the hood of this one-of-a-kind beast, is the standard Maybach V12, a 630 horsepower twin-turbocharged monster that actually meets EU5 emissions requirements. Who says you can’t be extravagant and environmentally conscious at the same time?