This week Bentley unveiled the second generation of its Continental GTC convertible, set to debut at next month’s International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) in Frankfurt.

The four-seater luxury convertible features a spacious and luxurious new hand-crafted cabin and a more powerful 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine, among other upgrades.

Duncan Quinn checks out the beautiful new Bentley on both coasts

Dashing designer Duncan Quinn – aka DRIVEN’s own 007 – got the chance to check out the new stunner on both coasts:

Naturally when I was asked if I fancied a Krug champagne breakfast and to see the preview of the new and soon to be officially unveiled Bentley GTC I managed to find time in my schedule.

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And that despite the fact it was at a time of day many civilized mortals in Gotham may consider the middle of the night.

In fact I liked it so much I managed to repeat it a few weeks later in Monterey at Pebble Beach (of which more later).

She looked, smelt and felt just as good the second time around as the first

Despite feeling a little as if a cat had crossed my path twice and that something in the matrix had shifted, she looked, smelt and felt just as good the second time around as the first.

For some people a car is a mode of transport to get you from A to B.

For others it is a status symbol.


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And for me it is like many other sensual pleasures – wine, food… use your imagination.

Just as there are some that you remember more than others, there are those that stick with you and change the way you look at the world.

The tricky thing about creating an icon is not leaving it stuck in the past

Your first Cheval Blanc, Romanée Conti, and that amazing girl in 3B.

The tricky thing about creating an icon is not leaving it stuck in the past.

How many one hit wonders became the Stones, and how many fell by the wayside?

Especially with cars.

 

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Christophe Georges (CEO of Bentley Motors USA) and I are in agreement on at least part of what is required.

When you have something good going on it’s generally harder to restrain yourself and not spoil it than it is to screw it up.

Refine, don’t redesign. Call it the 911 theorem

Refine, don’t redesign. Call it the 911 theorem.

If you lined up every iteration from 1963 you’d probably have trouble seeing big changes, but if you put the early 1963 models next to a 2011 GT2 RS they look like distant relatives rather than just something that aged well and weathered the fickle storm of fashion.

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Bentley seem to be walking the walk on this as well.

History aplenty and the werewithal not to sell themselves short

They have history aplenty and the wherewithal not to sell themselves short.

They also seem to be applying the 911 theorem.

To an untrained eye its the same car as the one that dominates the market it created less than a decade ago.

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But look closely and its an entirely different animal from its wider track and new headlamps to the air scarf and skinnied-down front seats.

Just because you have the muscle you don’t always need to flex it

And yes those with the liquidity to acquire such an animal may not exert its full potential and spend more time putting the roof up and down than testing its pace on the Nurburgring – but that’s part of the point.

Just because you have the muscle you don’t always need to flex it.

Knowing you can is often enough.

D.Q.