2014 LA Auto Show Preview: Bentley Grand Convertible is the open-top Mulsanne we’ve been waiting for

Article by Christian A., on November 18, 2014

Bentley Grand Convertible is considered as one of the ultimate expressions of British automotive luxury. Regarded as Bentley’s most sophisticated open-top car so far, the Grand Convertible features an iconic yet understated styling. Handcrafted by skillful craftsmen employing the very finest materials, the Bentley Grand Convertible offers the finest in powerful, luxurious, roofless motoring.

Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and chief executive at Bentley, remarked that the Grand Convertible shows the carmaker’s ability to create a premier convertible Grand Tourer that embodies pure elegance. He quipped that the new Grand Convertible combines the sensory pleasure of open-air driving and the opulent Mulsanne experience, while fusing luxury with performance. Bentley is waiting for customer response to the new Grand Convertible, while ensuring that this concept – once it becomes a production model -- will be a very exclusive, extremely limited collector's item.

Wrapped in Sequin Blue – a color inspired by a single sequin from a customer's haute couture gown -- the new Bentley Grand Convertible has a silver "liquid metal" finish to its windscreen frame and bonnet. Its rich blue body work is contrasted by the Bentley directional wheel design and is hand- finished and given a glossy polish.

The Bentley Grand Convertible is powered by the same 6 3/4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Mulsanne flagship, delivering 537 PS (530 bhp / 395 kW) of max output and 1,100 Nm (811 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. With these specs, the Grand Convertible carries the promise of the effortless performance in a luxurious and stylish package.

Inside, the new Grand Convertible makes use of 14 naturally tanned leather hides – as combined by progressive-diamond quilting. Interestingly, the shape of the pattern varies over the seats and doors. Interior trim is in bright blue, with the linen-colored leather marked by cross-stitched Sequin Blue thread. This leather is contrasted by Beluga leather around the top of the doors and on the rear tonneau, as surrounded by polished chrome.

Meanwhile, the rear tonneau makes use of mirror-finished and dark-stained Burr Walnut, which could be the largest piece of wood veneer ever implemented on a Bentley creation. This hand-fashioned veneer is finished with elegant parallel lines in chromed steel.

Press Release

Bentley Grand Convertible Concept

The ultimate expression of British automotive luxury is imagined with the Bentley Grand Convertible, the most sophisticated open-top car ever created by Bentley. Iconic yet understated in style and fashioned entirely by hand from the very finest materials, this unrivalled flagship of luxury represents the ultimate in powerful, sensuous roofless motoring.

Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer 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. 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."

Powerful, Refined, Exquisite

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 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 6¾-litre twin-turbo V8 engine of the flagship Mulsanne, the Grand Convertible promises the luxury of effortless performance to match its unparalleled style.

As cossetting as it is breath-taking, the interior of the Grand Convertible is a showcase for the abilities of Bentley's master craftsmen. 14 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 extraordinary 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 sleek elegance of Beluga leather around the top of the doors and extending back to the rear tonneau, framed in polished chrome.

The tonneau itself provides the most significant example of Bentley craftsmanship at its finest. Replete 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 elegant parallel lines of chromed steel.

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