The 2011 Bentley Continental GT has been launched in India at a price of Rs. 1.9 crore (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The 4-seater Coupe is built on the earlier GT platform but now features a more powerful W12 engine which produces 567bhp of power and 71.3kgm of torque. Mated to a new 6-speed quickshift transmission (which reduces gearshift times by 50%), the new Continental GT will reach 100kmph in just 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 197mph (318km/h). This Bentley can run on bioethenol, petrol or a mix of both. The new ESC (electronic stability program) works in sync with the all wheel drive system to ensure very good road holding. Like most Bentleys, the entire interior of the Continental GT is hand crafted.
“India is aggressively growing in the luxury automobile space. We understand the growing needs of the market and hence we bring the new Continental GT to India. India being a key market for Bentley, we would see more key model launches in the coming two years,” Bentley Regional Director (India, Middle East and Africa) Chris Buxton told journalists here.
“We hope to achieve sales of 100 units here from our entire range by next year. The Indian super luxury car market is estimated to be around 600-700 units this year and it is growing at around 30 per cent every year. Our sales in India are growing at around 45 per cent every year,” Mr. Buxton added.
The Volkswagen Group company has an exclusive tie-up with Exclusive Motors Pvt. Ltd. for selling Bentley cars in India that has showrooms in Delhi and Mumbai.