Forecourt Update: Bentley Grand Convertible
Everything you need to know about Bentley’s luxurious concept convertible
What is it?
The Bentley Grand Convertible is a concept car unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show that represents the “ultimate expression” of automotive luxury, its manufacture claims.
Bentley says it has been hand-crafted from the finest materials and represents the ultimate in powerful, sensuous, roofless motoring. It is finished with sequin blue paint.
Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, says: “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.“
What Is Its Engine?
Power comes via a 6.75-litre, twin-turbo, V8 petrol from the Mulsanne. It produces 537PS and 1,100Nm of torque. The manufacture has not released performance figures but this engine - when fitted to a Mulsanne – propels the car from a standstill to 62mph in 4.9 seconds and averages 19.3mpg.
It is connected to 8-speed auto transmission that has a manual mode.
What Are The Trim Options?
The Grand Convertible is presented in a single form at the motor show. The interior includes 14 naturally tanned leather hides that – the manufacture says – help showcase the abilities of its master craftsman. It has a diamond pattern and blue highlight stitches.
The tonneau incorporates the largest piece of wood veneer ever fitted to a Bentley. It is mirror-finished, dark-stained, burr walnut. Chromed steel parallel lines complete the look.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
Before deciding whether this concept car should be mass produced, the manufacturer will evaluate the public's reaction.
Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, says: “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.”