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Our spy photographers have managed to catch the first pictures of the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC Speed facelift.

Snapped near the company's testing facility, the prototype enjoyed a few minutes of sunshine before the test crew got camera shy and covered the car. Regardless, we can see the updated model will feature an aggressive front fascia, a vented hood and new headlights. Out back, there's a trunk-mounted spoiler, slimmer taillights and a revised exhaust system.

Power will likely be provided by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine with upwards of 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS) and 553 lb-ft (749 Nm) of torque. It will be connected to a 'Quickshift' transmission and an all-wheel drive system, which should enable the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.

The convertible should be unveiled sometime next year, so stay tuned for full details.

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