Bentley weighs up possibilities for a bespoke division

Article by Christian A., on July 10, 2014

As you may know already, Ferrari can create some unique models for a proper amount of money (such as the SP America or the F12 TRS), while Jaguar Land Rover recently announced the creation of Special Operations division, which created the F-Type Project 7.

Apparently, these are not the only manufacturers which build one-off models as Bentley could also return to its coachbuilding roots. For those who don’t know, when Bentley was born, the company built chassis and customers put their body of choice on top.

Kevin Rose a.k.a. Bentley’s member of the board for sales and marketing admitted that he likes the idea of creating one-off models, but the company needs to work out if this plan is feasible.

Asked what would happen if a wealthy client approached with a big sum of money for a unique vehicle, Rose said that this depends on what the customers want and on the legislation where they live.

If in Middle East a one-off model is not such a big deal as the market already features lots of such vehicles, in Europe these things are far more strict.

Still, we’ve seen the Bentley Continental Flying Star created by Touring Superleggera and we must admit that we liked the idea. So, if Touring Superleggera managed to build such a car we can’t see why Bently can’t.

The idea of theme variations usually does not mean a greater challenge to design, than beginning with a clean piece of paper. The fundamental goal was to conceive a body integrating essential Touring harmony and elegance, while keeping it clearly identifiably as a Bentley. This job was a challenge because a completely new volume needed to be included in the GTC base. The dimensions were completely new, but the total design needed to remain consistent. This is why only part of the front of the vehicle's A-pillar, including the windscreen, stayed the same.

Viewed from the back, it’s apparent that the all-new tailgate drops between the broad rear wings. The ovate chrome rear light bezels reference Bentley fastback cars from the 50s. The profile features a lowered roof, pronounced quarter panel shoulders, and broad wheel arches, signifying impeccably mastered vibrancy.

The Touring Superleggera design team found a challenge with the goal to provide the new cabin an equivalent elegance, no matter if the rear seat backs were folded or upright. The result was an S-shaped trim to the back-quarter panels connecting the passenger section to the luggage section in the back. The contrasting beige and dark green leather also improves the visual harmony.

First for this size and class, the two individual rear seats fold fully to make a flattened loading surface with over 2-m length and 1200 L capacity. This is key to fulfilling the practicality mission, requiring being able to load, in complete comfort, a full array of holiday equipment, such as four full golf bags, with raised rear seats. An example customised finish is a woven leather boot carpet with superior durability that coordinates with the specialised luggage set.

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