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Bentley Grand Convertible Concept Bows in L.A.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/19/2014 Jake Holmes
Bentley Grand Convertible Concept Bows in L.A.

Bentley is considering a convertible version of its Mulsanne luxury sedan, and gave the public a taste of how that car might look with the Grand Convertible concept shown ahead of the 2014 Los Angeles auto show.

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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.

Bentley Grand Convertible concept© Provided by MotorTrend Bentley Grand Convertible concept 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 Grand Convertible concept© Provided by MotorTrend Bentley Grand Convertible concept "We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car," Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said in a statement. "We will ensure that this car -- if it reaches the roads -- will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece."

Adding a convertible version of the Mulsanne would expand the Bentley lineup. The luxury brand currently only offers one convertible, a topless version of the two-door Bentley Continental GT. The Bentley Mulsanne is currently offered only as a sedan.

Source: Bentley

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