The drop-top Bentley Continental GTC is the latest model we’ve seen from the luxury brand in development with a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. This one doesn’t even wear camouflage.
This GTC looks identical to the existing model, except for the door that hides the charging port on the rear fender. The wide oval-shaped exhaust outlet looks a lot like the pipe on the W12-powered GTC Speed.
Previous spy shots told us that the PHEV powertrain is also coming to the Continental GT hardtop. Like the convertible, the addition of a cover to hide the charging port is the only style change.
There is no official confirmation of the powertrain for the Continental GT and PHEV-powered GTC. The recently updated Bentayga hybrid now has a total of 456 horsepower (340 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters), compared to the previous 443 hp (330 kilowatts) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm). The 18-kilowatt-hour battery pack replaces the previous 13-kWh unit. The EV-only driving range is increased to 27 miles (43 kilometers) from the previous 25 miles (40 kilometers).
The Flying Spur hybrid uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 536 hp (400 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm). The 18-kWh battery provides a power range of 21 miles (34 kilometers).
In 2021, Bentley engineering boss Matthias Rabe indicated that the company was considering building a Continental GT PHEV. He says customer asked for model. Buyers can already get the Flying Spur and Bentayga with a plug-in powertrain, so it makes sense to add the GT to the offering. There is no indication when the variant will debut.
Bentley plans to launch its first EV in 2026, which is slightly later than its initial intention to introduce the model in 2025. The delay is reportedly unrelated to Volkswagen Group’s software development issues. When the vehicle finally arrives, prices for some variants can be over €250,000.
Bentley is investing £2.5 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the company’s facilities for the transition to EV. By 2030, all brand offerings will have electric drives.