CAR TALK

 
Ryan Borroff
BENTLEY’S CONTINENTAL
Bentley has released the first images of its new Continental GTC ahead of its Frankfurt motor show introduction. The second generation GTC is sportier than its predecessor; is lighter in weight, has a wider track and engine power is increased too. A new six-speed transmission means gear shifting times have been halved and the 0-60mph time is now 4.5 secs.

HYBRID A8
Audi is to launch a hybrid version of its luxurious A8 saloon that combines a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 245PS. The car will be able to run in all-electric, zero emission mode up to 62mph and fuel economy should be above 44mpg and CO2 output below sub-148g/km. On sale late next year.

MERCEDES TO REVEAL NEW B-CLASS
Mercedes-Benz will reveal its new B-Class model ahead of the Frankfurt motor show. The compact MPV sports tourer has been reworked to increase interior space and better economy. The car also features a new seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and a radar-based collision warning system as standard. We’ll get it here in March 2012.