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The Top Gear car review:Bentley Continental GTC
For:Fast, capable, refined and hand-crafted. Lovely, just lovely
Against:It'll be ruinously expensive to run and the image is still rather Cheshire
What is it?
The Bentley Continental GTC was belatedly given the mechanical and visual updates its coupe sister car benefitted from in 2011, but in 2015 benefitted from the same mild tweaks given to the coupe at the same time. The Continental GTC is arguably better proportioned than its coupe sibling thanks to the flatter rear bootline and lower roof. Now faster than ever, its hood is so sumptuously thick you wonder how it folds. And with the launch of the V8 version, Bentley has taken the entry-level prices down to a slightly more affordable level. It hardly becomes mainstream but, when combined with much better economy, does make it more viable.