Overall, the 5,501 pound GTC is 150 pounds lighter, 3/10s of a second faster and structurally stiffer than its predecessor. Its lines are more distinctive and flowing, including a new front fascia. My favorite color combination was the granite grey exterior and merlot soft-top with a matching leather cabin. It was truly wondrous.
The interior offers the availability of 17 various hides and 7 veneers. I sat inside — smelling the leathers, caressing the polished textures and surfaces throughout. The four-seater luxury convertible is quite comfortable up front due to new seat designs with a massage function and an integrated Neck Warmer. They are also narrower, allowing for additional rear legroom. The back seat spacing is the only aversion that I could find, since it would not be enjoyable for a full sized adult to spend a long period of time in.
There was little enjoyable music on the Croatian radio stations, so I plugged in my iPhone and let the bass vibrate through the high-end Naim audio system. A convertible must have powerful sounds and this one does, employing defense technology utilized for helicopter sound deadening. Not only that, but the 8” navigation touchscreen is enhanced by Google Earth, so there was no chance of becoming lost in a foreign country. I was quite amazed at the detailed graphics. The second set of “turn by turn” instructions that appear in a micro window over the comforting steering wheel is a definite plus. All of the vehicle’s key operations may be set-up by touch on the new screen. It’s good to see Bentley advancing into the world of connectivity which seemed to be previously ignored by the iconic British motoring company. Perhaps their Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept with its video conferencing, multiple iPads and Mac Mini is the ultimate link to modern connectivity.
Back on the road, time is moving slowly as I take in the beauty of the region and the exquisiteness of the GTC. The strong wind and fresh air infuses my thought processes. If I were to deliver a discourse on the new Continental GTC, it would go something like this. “The Winged B: Its immense merits are sure to leave an inspirational imprint on the entire luxury market. Simply put, it is fluent in excellence.” Sadly, it is now time to board our jet home. Until we meet again.