Bentley claims that the new Grand Convertible (a result of the Bentley Mulsanne losing its top) is the ultimate expression of British automotive luxury. We are quite sure that the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe will have a thing or two to say about that. According to the marque car maker, this is the most sophisticated open-top car ever created by Bentley. It is big and iconic yet understated in style and, of course, made entirely by hand from the very finest materials.
Finished 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. While the interior of the Grand Convertible gets 14 leather hides that are are merged together with progressive-diamond quilting and is highlighted with Sequin Blue thread cross-stitched by hand through the linen-coloured leather. The light hide is contrasted by the Beluga leather around the top of the doors and extending back to the rear tonneau framed in polished chrome. The tonneau is mirror-finished and dark-stained Burr Walnut. It is also the largest piece of wood veneer ever applied to a Bentley.
The Grand Convertible houses the 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which dishes out 530 bhp and 1,100 Nm of torque. This is the same engine which powers Bentley's flagship Mulsanne and promises effortless performance.
Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, who unveiled the car in Los Angeles, commented, “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." He added, “We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car. We will ensure that this car - if it reaches the roads – will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece.”