The 2011 Bentley Continental GTC and GTC Speed 80-11 were unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance over the weekend. In naming its latest limited-run models, Bentley certainly got straight to the point, as only 80 of each model will be produced in 2011.
These two limited-edition Bentleys are the latest to come from the British marque. Like recent limited-edition models, the powertrain remains unchanged and the changes are purely cosmetic. A new color, Midnight, has been added exclusively for the 80-11 models, but both the GTC and GTC Speed 80-11 models are still available with the whole range of Bentley's color palette. Both also offer a dark gray metallic soft top and Mulliner fuel-filler cap as standard.
Both vehicles also receive new wheels to separate them from more plebeian GTCs. The GTC 80-11 receives brand-new 20-inch, 14-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with unique black center caps adorned with the flying-B emblem. The more potent GTC Speed 80-11, meanwhile, gets the 20-inch units from the Continental Supersports, now with a dark finish, as well as unique red brake calipers. Exterior modifications of both vehicles are completed by Union Jack badges on the front fenders.
In addition to special exterior items, the 80-11 models also feature unique interiors. Both the GTC and GTC Speed 80-11 feature a very deep-purple leather interior with contrasting stitching and piping: white for the GTC 80-11 and red for the GTC Speed 80-11. Both models feature piano-black trim and the standard engine-turned aluminum dash -- bright in the GTC and dark in the GTC Speed. The final interior touches are "80-11 Edition" door sills and center console badge.
The Continental GTC's stock powertrain carries over in the bespoke models. A 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, provides plenty of forward thrust; in GTC trim, the engine produces 552 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, and in the GTC Speed it produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.
Look for the 2011 GTC 80-11 convertibles to hit Bentley dealerships later this year, with an added premium over the convertible's six-figure pricetag. We know the Continental lineup is aging, but is Bentley going overboard with special-edition models to boost sales before a new model debuts?