Bentley Grand Convertible Concept 2014 – entley, the British ultraluxury automaker, unveiled the Grand Convertible concept, a droptop version of its Mulsanne flagship, Wednesday at the 2014 Los Angeles suto show. The convertible is meant to compete with a similar car, the very successful Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé.
Based on the 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed, the Grand Convertible is an enormous droptop with a 530-hp, twin-turbo 6.75-liter V-8 engine. The show car is finished in Bentley’s Sequin blue paint that was created to match the sequin on a customer’s dress, with the hood and windshield surround finished in a silver “liquid metal.” The wheels are hand-polished before being bolted on to the car.
The interior of the Bentley Grand Convertible features four seats covered in diamond-quilted, hand-stitched cream leather. With the massive convertible top stowed, a tonneau cover made of walnut burr wood rests behind the rear seats. Book-matched and made entirely by hand, Bentley says it’s the largest single piece of wood veneer it has ever fitted to a car.
Though the Bentley Grand Convertible is a concept car, there are obvious signs the company will build it if moneyed shoppers express interest.
Bentley’s Grand Convertible is nevertheless equipped with power and luxury rivaling the company’s most extreme offerings. Under the hood is a turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 that produces 530 horsepower and 811 pound feet of torque. The car’s top speed has not yet been announced, but the Mulsanne Speed sedan, which has a similar power plant, tops out at more than 180 miles per hour.
The concept’s Sequin Blue color was originally created to fulfill a customer’s request to replicate a single sequin from a woman’s gown, the company said. Like the Drophead Coupé, the Grand Convertible features a contrasting silver “liquid metal” finish to its hood and windshield frame.
It took 14 linen-colored leather hides, stitched together with progressive-diamond quilting, to craft the four seats and the door panels, according to press materials.
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