Portrait of a Supercar: 2013 Bentley GTC

Before I begin, please take note that I only speak of myself at the urging of my colleagues and friends at the company. One should realize that a soul of true substance need not prattle on about his gifts or brag about the many attributes that comprise his superiority. Be that as it may, I know your curiosity is roused and I will indulge.

A product of excellent lineage, my broad-grilled face is instantly recognizable. I’m the pinnacle of automotive good taste—thick, rich and talented. I may be a bit softer, wider and heavier than my sleek young competitors, but I exude confidence, power and luxury. I’m not afraid to roll my top down, and within my doors you’ll find the burl wood and buttery leather akin to a board room or gentleman’s study. But I’m no stranger to the hottest gadgets and tech either. This is clearly evident in my tachometer, trip computer and hard drive-based display with voice directions navigation system and real time traffic on my top-of-the-line dash. I am of course also pre-wired for phones and Bluetooth. Not to mention my Naim premium audio system with six-cd changer, memory card slot and iPod/Pad/Phone integration.


I have memorized settings for three drivers, and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with transmission, cruise and audio controls at your fingertips. I can keep anything (or anyone) turned on with my 12V front power outlets, and my lambswool rugs, personalized embroidered headrests, neckwarmer, DVD player with video monitor, and front and rear ashtrays with cigar lighters ensure sophisticated drivers and their passengers feel right at home.

imageI’m not the car teenagers drool over in trashy magazines. I am a grown up and sturdy ride, practical when need be, but I’ll roar to life and get the job done when speed beckons. Push me and I will growl and grumble in a comforting, effortless fashion that seasoned drivers expect and amateurs can’t believe. With a top speed of nearly 200 mph, I’ll leave those fancy, skinny boys in the dust, yet I’ll never waste gas (at 24 mpg) or risk your safety, because the faithful take care of our own.

You’ll be in good hands thanks to my speed-proportional power steering, which adjusts control as you accelerate. Don’t forget my front and rear parking sensors, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, 4-wheel ABS, tire pressure monitoring, emergency braking assist, stability and traction control, and all the necessary airbags.

I scoff at those showy, lightweight youngsters hiding in the garage all winter. Weather be damned, my all-wheel drive and impeccable handling will take you where you need to go, when you need to be there, no matter what temperature. I’m a convertible for all seasons.

Engine: 6.0 L W12 twin-turbocharged Flexfuel compliant engine
0-60 in 4.5 seconds
Max Power: 567 hp @ 6100 rpm
Max Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm
Max Speed: 195 mph
Driving Range: 500 miles on a single tank of premium-unleaded fuel