MALIBU, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The editors of Robb Report have
selected the Bentley Continental GTC as the magazine's 2007 Car of the
Year, citing "remarkable drivability, superb handling, a clean and
well-executed design, and minimal performance concessions in the interest
of open-air driving."
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The award is presented annually to an automobile, formally introduced
in the previous year, whose technical designs, styling, and performance
position it as the world's preeminent sports or luxury car. The February
issue of Robb Report, on stands January 23, announces the 2007 Car of the
Year and offers automotive aficionados detailed analyses of each of the new
Robb Report editors and staff members, along with 41 car experts and
enthusiasts, formed the panel of judges. They put 13 magnificent machines
through two rigorous days of driving, rated them, and selected the one car
they believed best combines elegance, style, and exquisite detailing with
performance equal to the challenge of any mountain road or track.
"There was no call for a recount of Car of the Year voting," said Robb
Report automotive editor Gregory Anderson. "This was a landslide victory in
which the GTC earned first-place votes from nearly half the judges, and it
was among almost everyone's top three."
A luxury car offering comfort and remarkable speed, the Bentley
Continental GTC won the judges over because, Anderson said, it "might be
the only four-passenger car that can match the performance and charm of
Italian sports cars and convert their devotees."
The judges praised its "twin-turbocharged, 6-liter, W-12 engine good
for 552 hp and its ability to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and achieve a full
speed just shy of 200 mph." They were equally impressed with the GTC's
opulent interior, a trademark of the fabled British car manufacturer, as
well as with the unique seven-bow, three-layer, soft fabric roof, which
operates electrohydraulically and provides exceptional acoustic damping.
Bentley's Continental GT was voted Robb Report's Car of the Year in
2004 and last year "the Continental Flying Spur came within a hair's
breadth of the trophy, finishing second only to the superb Ferrari F430
Spider," said Anderson.
"Bentley is honored to receive the Car of the Year award from Robb
Report," said Andrew Stuart, chief executive officer, Bentley Motors, Inc.
"This distinction affirms Bentley's commitment to world-class engineering
and design. While the GT coupe may be the driver's car and the Flying Spur
sedan the more practical four-door Grand Tourer, the new Continental GTC
convertible is clearly the showpiece for Bentley's luxury carmaking
Stuart continued, "We believe the editors of Robb Report have
epitomized what Bentley customers can expect when they slide behind the
wheel of their Continental GTC convertible: peerless design, unparalleled
craftsmanship, and effortless performance."
Finalists in Robb Report's 2007 Car of the Year were: #13 Cadillac
XLR-V; #12 Lotus Exige S; #11 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640; #10 Ford Shelby
GT500; #9 Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB; #7 (tie) Jaguar XKR Convertible and BMW
M6; #6 Audi S8; #5 Maybach 57S; #4 Bugatti Veyron 16.4; #3 Porsche 911
Turbo; and #2 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.
Robb Report is the international authority on the luxury lifestyle.
Each month, the magazine reports on issues and trends affecting the
affluent market, with coverage of exclusive events and features on
exceptional automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, art, jewelry, watches,
fashion, travel, homes, wines, spirits, and cigars. Additional information
can be accessed through the magazine's Web site, www.robbreport.com.
SOURCE Robb Report