FASHION: Bentley’s sweet new convertible

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The newest Bentley convertible is announced.

Cost: About $200,000

Drivetrain: 6.0-liter 552 horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 engine with six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

Fuel economy: 10 mpg city, 17 highway, 13 combined

The GTC is the latest addition to Bentley’s Continental line of cars. Taking the top off takes nothing away from the Continental’s gorgeous look.

The Continental’s bumperless look would be impossible to achieve without modern technology but the result is an elegant and classic form.

Slip behind the wheel and the Continental GTC drives just as you would expect. This is a heavy car – at 5,500 pounds, it weighs more than a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV – but a 552 horsepower 12-cyinder twin-turbocharged engine rushes it along as the breeze just wafts in around the back of your neck.

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