Robb Report Editors Name Bentley Continental GTC 2007 Car of the Year

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Jan 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from Robb Report

    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,

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