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Bentley Grand Convertible Concept Takes the Stage in L.A.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/20/2014 Angus MacKenzie
Bentley Grand Convertible Concept Takes the Stage in L.A.

The banal moniker is artfully deceptive: The Bentley Grand Convertible is intended to be one of the most bespoke cars ever from Crewe, hand-built in tiny numbers for extremely wealthy clients who demand a unique ride. If Grand Convertible production gets the green light, customers will be offered the opportunity to have their own car built with unique styling, and even a unique name.

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Bentley insiders confirm the Grand Convertible’s rear quarter panels, stamped using relatively low-cost soft tooling, can be replaced with panels redesigned to a customer’s specification. Customers will also be given the opportunity to order bespoke name badging for the car. “They name their boats,” says a Bentley source. “Why not give them the opportunity to name their car?”

Bentley Grand Convertible Rear Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend Bentley Grand Convertible Rear Three Quarter Bentley has been mulling a big über-luxury convertible based on its top-of-the-range Mulsanne sedan for some time now. A concept was discreetly shown to well-heeled Bentley clients during Monterey Car Week festivities at Pebble Beach a couple of years ago. The Bentley Grand Convertible made a bigger, more public splash on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show. But’s it’s still officially a concept.

The Grand Convertible differs in several subtle, yet significant, ways from the car shown at Pebble Beach . The wheelbase is slightly shorter, the rear track is slightly wider, and the rear quarter panels have been restyled with a more prominent bulge over the wheels. All this helps alleviate the slightly awkward proportions of the original concept, which looked oddly pug-nosed in profile because of the expanse of sheetmetal aft of the doors.

Under the skin, it’s all Bentley Mulsanne Speed, which means it’s powered by the 530-hp version of the charismatic 6.75-liter twin-turbo pushrod V-8 that also delivers a gargantuan 811lb-ft of torque. The Grand Convertible dwarfs other soft-tops -- apart from the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe -- but brisk, purposeful progress on the road will be effortless.

Bentley Grand Convertible Left Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend Bentley Grand Convertible Left Front Three Quarter
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