Bentley has revealed the Grand Convertible concept, emphatically designed to showcase the next Azure model – essentially a Mulsanne drophead. It is being called the “the most sophisticated and elegant convertible” which has been “developed to signify Bentley’s intentions for the future”.
To complete the Grand Convertible’s interior a total of 14 naturally tanned leather hides were merged together with progressive-diamond stitching. Bright blue stitching was also used throughout to highlight the skill of Bentley’s trim specialists.
The tonneau features the largest piece of wood veneer ever used on a Bentley, complete with a mirror finish and parallel lines of chromed steel. The wood itself is Burr Walnut, and has been dark-stained for the perfect look. The Grand Convertible’s exterior has also been finished in Sequin Blue, and features a ‘liquid metal finish’ for the bonnet and window frame.
Under the Grand Convertible’s bonnet is Bentley’s long-standing 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8, producing 395kW and 1100Nm. Bentley chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, said,
“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.”
The Grand Convertible will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show from November 21-30, and will then travel to Miami for Art Basel – an international art show for modern and contemporary work.