Bentley has revealed its new Bentley Grand Convertible Concept for the LA Auto Show. It is described by the Bentley chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, as “a pinnacle convertible Grand Tourer, while embodying elegance beyond compare” and if it ever does go for sale it will be an “extremely limited collectors piece”.
The Grand Convertible Concept will share its engine with Bentley’s flagship 6 ¾ – litre twin-turbo V8 engine from the Mulsanne. It produces a massive 530bhp and 811 lb.ft of torque, so the styling (arguably inspired by the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead) of the Grand Convertible will be matched by mammoth levels of performance.
Despite it just being a concept car for now, the Grand Convertible does seem likely to be coming into production, or at least will be hinting at the Mulsanne Convertible of which a concept was shown in 2012 bearing a price tag of around £275,000.
Inside the Bentley Grand Convertible you will find that 14 naturally tanned leather hides are merged together into progressive diamond quilting. Contrasting blue thread is then hand stitched into the leather. The wooden tonneau at the rear is also the biggest to ever feature on a Bentley and is fashioned entirely by hand. It also features a silver “liquid metal” finish on the bonnet and windscreen frame with the rest being a rich blue.
After the La Auto Show, the Grand Convertible will travel to Miami for Art Basel, the world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary work.