Motor Trend Ignition Episode 3: Bentley Continental GTC Goes to Croatia

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The new Bentley Continental GTC is offered with a 567-hp twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine, but the Bentley experience is more than just about raw power numbers -- so what better way to test it than driving it through the countryside of Croatia? So that's exactly what Motor Trend did.

In this third episode of "Ignition," MT associate editor Michael Febbo praises the big Bentley's agility, performance and braking, especially considering its substantial, nearly three-ton mass. But as he notes, how many Bentley owners are actually going to hustle their cars around a racetrack? Not many. A far more fitting, although more subjective test, is some proper grand touring.

The newly-hip European getaway of Croatia was chosen as the locale to let the topless grand touring coupe stretch its legs. The sunny Mediterranean climate allowed for top-down motoring to better hear the mellifluous turbocharged W12.

The roughly $250,000 price tag of the Bentley makes it about as much as a very nice house in most parts of the country, but can you really put a price on the experience?

Watch "Ignition" every Monday on the Motor Trend YouTube channel.

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