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Bentley Grand Convertible concept previews next Azure

November 19, 2014

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”.

Bentley Grand Convertible concept exterior

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.

Josh was one of the original co-founders of PerformanceDrive. His expertise is car culture and aftermarket performance. He was the editor at Hot4s Magazine for a few years, and has since worked at Fast Fours, Zoom, and as a journalist for The Project Group.