Bentley has unveiled its most sophisticated open-top car yet – the four-seater Grand Convertible, representing the ultimate in powerful roofless motoring.
Speaking about the car at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said: “This concept demonstrates Bentley’s ability to create a pinnacle convertible Grand Tourer, while embodying elegance beyond compare. With this car we combine the opulent Mulsanne experience with the full sensory indulgence of open-air touring, continuing to unite luxury and performance in new ways.
“We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car. We will ensure that if it reaches the roads, it will be an extremely limited collector’s piece.”
Resplendent in Sequin Blue, originally a bespoke colour created from a single sequin from a customer’s haute couture gown, the Grand Convertible features a silver “liquid metal” finish to the bonnet and windscreen frame. Contrasting the rich blue body work is the Bentley directional wheel design, handed to the left and right sides of the car and finished by hand before being polished to a high shine.
The wheels hint at the enormous power under the bonnet
The wheels hint at the enormous power and torque that wait under the bonnet. With 537 PS (530 bhp / 395 kW) and 1,100 Nm (811 lb.ft) of torque from Bentley’s legendary 63Ž4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine of the flagship Mulsanne, the Grand Convertible promises the luxury of effortless performance.
The interior of the Grand Convertible is a showcase for the abilities of Bentley’s master craftsmen. Fourteen naturally tanned leather hides are merged together with progressive-diamond quilting, with the shape of the pattern changing over the seats and doors in a cabin sized for four adults. Bright blue is used to highlight the skill of Bentley’s trim specialists, with Sequin Blue thread cross-stitched by hand through the linen-coloured leather. The light hide is contrasted by the elegance of Beluga leather around the top of the doors and extending back to the rear tonneau, framed in polished chrome.
The interior is a showcase for Bentley’s master craftsmen
The tonneau itself provides the most significant example of Bentley craftsmanship. With book-matched, mirror-finished and dark-stained Burr Walnut, the tonneau features the largest piece of wood veneer ever applied to a Bentley. Fashioned entirely by hand, this expanse of veneer is only paralleled by the creations of the world’s best furniture makers, and is finished with parallel lines of chromed steel.
Following the Los Angeles Auto Show, this month the Grand Convertible will travel to Miami for Art Basel, the world’s premier international art show for Modern and contemporary work.