Bentley wants to prove at this year’s L.A. Auto Show that convertibles can be elegant and sophisticated.
Announcing the Bentley Grand Convertible ahead of its debut at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show, the British automaker will also bring its Mulsanne Speed sedan to the show floor. According to Bentley, the Grand Convertible is the most sophisticated open-top car it has ever made, finished in an extravagant Sequin Blue paint complemented by a silver “liquid metal” finish on the hood and windscreen frame. Under the hood is Bentley’s 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 engine found in the flagship Mulsanne, boasting 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque.
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As expected, the interior has received a grand luxury treatment with 14 naturally tanned leather hides merged together with progressive-diamond quilting. To further highlight the exposed cabin, Sequin Blue thread cross-stitched by hand can be found on the leather along with bright blue highlights throughout. The tonneau cover boasts a mirror-finished, dark-stained Burr Walnet and is the largest piece of wood veneer ever applied to a Bentley vehicle. Being displayed as a concept, Bentley will be gauging the reaction of showgoers this week and next to see if the Grand Convertible will be put into production.
“This concept demonstrates Bentley’s ability to create a pinnacle convertible Grand Tourer, while embodying elegance beyond compare,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley Chairman and CEO. “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.”
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