Gt Spirit Scale 1 18 Bentley Continentel Cabrio Gtv

We’ve already sampled the updated 2012 Bentley Continental GT back in April, and now it’s time for the drop-top version, the GTC, to take a bow before its debut next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Like the coupe, the updates to the 2012 Continental GTC are evolutionary, with many of the differences hiding firmly in the details. The craftsmen (and women) from Crewe applied the same sort of small, careful updates to the convertible that they have for the coupe.

The big news for the convertible is in the open air interior. A new, sweeping dashboard and instrument panel help the GTC’s cabin feel more spacious and luxurious. The interior is hand-crafted from the finest soft-touch leather hides (offered in 17 different colors and six color split combinations) choice of seven wood veneers, “cool-touch” metals and plush carpets. Rear legroom and interior storage are also increased for 2012. Bentley claims the tailored multi-layer fabric top combined with acoustic glass and under-body panels enhance the convertible’s “coupe-like refinement.”

Other important upgrades to the interior are the switchgear, which is no longer cribbed directly from parent Volkswagen AG’s parts bin. The steering wheel is now more stylish and features a thick rim that frames the more expensive-looking gauges. The cabriolet also gains the 8-inch touch screen that’s found in the hardtop. The new infotainment system is faster, more intuitive and better looking than the old unit. It features a 30 GB hard drive, more advanced satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance and Google map capability. The GTC also gains new deeply-bolstered seats. In fact, about the only interior piece that carries over is the gear shifter.