posted 2 years ago

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.”