Bentley has released pictures of the new Grand Convertible, for those who want to make it painfully clear how much richer they are than everybody else.
Although officially just a concept at the moment, the Crewe brand says that the Grand Convertible has been “designed to signify Bentley’s intentions for the future”. In other words, it’s safe to say that a production version is highly likely. They have recent form in with large convertibles – the Azure has been produced on-and-off since the mid-nineties.
The Grand Convertible is essentially a roofless version of the Mulsanne saloon, with which the concept shares much of its styling and mechanical features. A bespoke paint colour known as sequin blue adorns most of the body, while the bonnet and windscreen frame are finished in a contrasting “liquid metal” shade – reminiscent of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead’s metal-look bonnet. Unique five-spoke alloy wheels are hand-finished and polished.
The interior gives a chance for Bentley’s master craftsmen to really show off their talents. Sumptuous quilted leather created from fourteen cow hides furnishes the cabin, highlighted by blue stitching which matches the exterior colour. The fabric roof is stowed beneath a tonneau cover crafted from a single piece of burr walnut – the largest wood veneer ever used in a Bentley.
Mechanically, the Grand Convertible shares its mammoth 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 with the recently released Mulsanne Speed. Producing 537 horsepower and a whopping 811lb ft of torque, it should make the Grand Convertible one of the fastest convertibles in the world, should it be put into production.
If they do, it is unlikely that the Grand Convertible will be cheap. The Mulsanne Speed saloon costs £252,000, and given that Bentley Chairman and CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer promises that each customer version “will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece”, we wouldn’t expect much change from £300,000.